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Genres, Caribbean and Latin America - John Shepherd (Editor); David Horn (Editor); Mona-Lynn Courteau (Volume Editor); Heidi Feldman (Volume Editor); Pamela Narbona Jerez (Volume Editor); Hettie Malcomson (Volume Editor)
Call Number: Online eBook
ISBN: 9781441141972
Publication Date: 2014-04-24
The six EPMOW Genre volumes contain entries on the genres of music that have been or currently are popular in countries and communities all over the world. Included are discussions on cultural, historical and geographic origins; technical musical characteristics; instrumentation and use of voice; lyrics and language; typical features of performance and presentation; historical development and paths and modes of dissemination; influence of technology, the music industry and political and economic circumstances; changing stylistic features; notable and influential performers; and relationships to other genres and sub-genres. This volume, on the music of the Caribbean and Latin America, features over 200 entries and in-depth essays on genres ranging from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Alcatraz, from Carnaval to Charanga, and from Dancehall to Dub. All entries conclude with a bibliography, discographical references and discography, with additional information on sheet music listings and visual recordings. Written and edited by a team of distinguished popular music scholars and professionals, this is an exceptional resource for anybody studying or researching the history and development of popular music.

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Hands-On Music Theory - Richard Wentk
Call Number: Online eBook
ISBN: 9781305108943
Publication Date: 2014-06-25
If you've tried learning music theory before, only to be put off by archaic concepts delivered in a stuffy tone, this is the book for you. HANDS-ON MUSIC THEORY teaches you practical contemporary music theory in contemporary terms--without all the classical nostalgia for methods that are hundreds of years old. Written in fresh, accessible language, and illustrated with examples that draw on modern tools such as sequencer piano rolls and guitar tabs, this book offers practical, hands-on, easy-to understand instruction on key points of modern pop, rock, jazz and electronica music theory. You'll find a wealth of practical examples and familiar references, with links to music that you can listen to online. Learn today's music theory in today's language, with HANDS-ON MUSIC THEORY.

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A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips
Call Number: Online eBook
ISBN: 9780262321334
Publication Date: 2014-02-14
Music in video games is often a sophisticated, complex composition that serves to engage the player, set the pace of play, and aid interactivity. Composers of video game music must master an array of specialized skills not taught in the conservatory, including the creation of linear loops, music chunks for horizontal resequencing, and compositional fragments for use within a generative framework. In A Composer's Guide to Game Music, Winifred Phillips -- herself an award-winning composer of video game music -- provides a comprehensive, practical guide that leads an aspiring video game composer from acquiring the necessary creative skills to understanding the function of music in games to finding work in the field. Musicians and composers may be drawn to game music composition because the game industry is a multibillion-dollar, employment-generating economic powerhouse, but, Phillips writes, the most important qualification for a musician who wants to become a game music composer is a love of video games. Phillips offers detailed coverage of essential topics, including musicianship and composition experience; immersion; musical themes; music and game genres; workflow; working with a development team; linear music; interactive music, both rendered and generative; audio technology, from mixers and preamps to software; and running a business. A Composer's Guide to Game Music offers indispensable guidance for musicians and composers who want to deploy their creativity in a dynamic and growing industry, protect their musical identities while working in a highly technical field, and create great music within the constraints of a new medium.

Creating Jazz Counterpoint - Vic Hobson
Call Number: Online eBook
ISBN: 9781626740259
Publication Date: 2014-03-19
The book Jazzmen (1939) claimed New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz and introduced the legend of Buddy Bolden as the "First Man of Jazz." Much of the information that the book relied on came from a highly controversial source: Bunk Johnson. He claimed to have played with Bolden and that together they had pioneered jazz. Johnson made many recordings talking about and playing the music of the Bolden era. These recordings have been treated with skepticism because of doubts about Johnson's credibility. Using oral histories, the Jazzmen interview notes, and unpublished archive material, this book confirms that Bunk Johnson did play with Bolden. This confirmation, in turn, has profound implications for Johnson's recorded legacy in describing the music of the early years of New Orleans jazz. New Orleans jazz was different from ragtime in a number of ways. It was a music that was collectively improvised, and it carried a new tonality--the tonality of the blues. How early jazz musicians improvised together and how the blues became a part of jazz has until now been a mystery. Part of the reason New Orleans jazz developed as it did is that all the prominent jazz pioneers, including Buddy Bolden, Bunk Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, and Kid Ory, sang in barbershop (or barroom) quartets. This book describes in both historical and musical terms how the practices of quartet singing were converted to the instruments of a jazz band, and how this, in turn, produced collectively improvised, blues-inflected jazz, that unique sound of New Orleans.


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Leonard Bernstein - Allen Shawn
Call Number: Charlotte Campus ML410.B566 S53 2014
ISBN: 0300144288
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People's Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music. In this fascinating new biography, the breadth of Bernstein's musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed--from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond--and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor. For the first time, the composer's life and work receive a fully integrated analysis, offering a comprehensive appreciation of a multi-faceted musician who continued to grow as an artist well into his final days.  

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The Sonic Boom - Joel Beckerman; Tyler Gray (Contribution by)
Call Number: Charlotte and Lee Campus ML3830 .B33 2014
ISBN: 0544191749
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
A surprising look at the hidden power of sound, revealing how people and brands can use it to inspire and persuade -- or annoy From horror movie scores to national anthems to the crunchy sound of potato chips, sound and music greatly impact how we feel about our lives and the messages and products we encounter every day. With the right tools and understanding, anyone can cut through the meaningless noise competing for our attention and learn to use sound as a rich storytelling strategy. You don't need to be a musician or a composer to harness the power of sound. Joel Beckerman explains how companies, brands, and individuals can strategically use sound to get to the core of their mission, influence how they're perceived by their audiences, and gain a competitive advantage. The key to these sonic strategies involves creating "boom moments" -- transcendent instants when sound connects with a listener's emotional core. The Sonic Boom draws surprising insights from real world examples: the way Disney parks score every second of their guests' experience; how Chili's restaurants uses lessons from evolutionary psychology to sell tons of sizzling fajitas, how the sound of a special edition Mustang's engine is designed to make drivers feel like action-movie heroes. Sure to appeal to fans of Made to Stick and This Is Your Brain on Music, The Sonic Boom offers readers a powerful new vocabulary for sharing impactful messages with sound.

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An Introduction to America's Music - Richard Crawford; Larry Hamberlin
Call Number: Charlotte Campus Circulation ML200 .C72 2013
ISBN: 9780393935318
Publication Date: 2013-02-20
Richard Crawford and Larry Hamberlin show how the lively interactions between the folk, popular, and classical spheres have made American music resonate with audiences around the world. Students will learn how to listen critically to eighty-eight pieces in all the major styles and genres, while gaining a clearer understanding of music's role in the history of American society, business, and technology.


Streaming Videos

Chart Hits: Pop Music and Garage Music - 4 Learning
Call Number: Streaming Video
Publication Date: 2014
This program presents two approaches to composing chart-topping songs. Members of The Corrs, representing an organic approach where melody, chorus, and lyrics are developed closely together, describe classic pop structure and the genesis and evolution of their hit song "Would You Be Happier?" covering instrumentation and vocals as well as building and mixing tracks. Garage artists DJ Luck and MC Neat, representing a modular approach where elements are developed more sequentially, talk about the basic structure of garage music, sampling and choosing sounds, building and laying down tracks, and writing rap lyrics.

Improvisation: Jazz - 4 Learning
Call Number: Streaming Video
Publication Date: 2014
This program examines frameworks in which jazz musicians improvise and looks at the interrelationship between songwriter and improviser. Courtney Pine uses his percussion-heavy "Jazz Step," based on 12-bar blues, as a jumping-off point to discuss how a small group interacts when improvising as well as matters of technique such as riffs, three-chord progressions, and blues scales. Django Bates works within a big band context to dig into the dynamics of scoring a large-scale piece where improvisation is to play a large part. When it comes to jazz, a piece isn’t finished being written until it’s played.

America’s Music Legacy. Country & Western - MVD Entertainment Group
Call Number: Streaming Video
Publication Date: 2013
Rock-a-billy is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music; bluegrass was inspired by the music of Appalachia; and country music has its roots in American folk and Western music. All three are distinctively American. "America’s Music Legacy" showcases musical legends from each genre, performing the songs that continue to attract and entice the whole world, because they truly are the best of all that is America. The program is hosted by Gene Weed and features performances by Razzy Bailey, Patti Page, Moe Bandy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Skaggs, and many more.

The Beatles : Strange Fruit - The Beatles’ Apple Records - MVD Entertainment Group
Call Number: Streaming Video
Publication Date: 2013
In 1968, under a haze of publicity, The Beatles opened their collective door to all manner of musicians. writers, artists, filmmakers, inventors, designers, freaks, and more than their fair share of opportunist sharks. But despite a hefty investment, not much substantial work was forthcoming outside of the music that emerged from one division of the potential empire - Apple Records. This is the story of a record label that came to exist under extraordinary circumstances and produced some of the most phenomenal records, while operating under the most astonishing guidelines.

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