Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction presents new insights into the study of musical rhythm through investigations of the micro-rhythmic design of groove-based music. The main purpose of the book is to investigate how technological mediation - in the age of digital music production tools - has influenced the design of rhythm at the micro level. Through close readings of technology-driven popular music genres, such as contemporary R&B, hip-hop, trip-hop, electro-pop, electronica, house and techno, as well as played folk music styles, the book sheds light on how investigations of the musical-temporal relationships of groove-based musics might be fruitfully pursued, in particular with regard to their micro-rhythmic features. This book is based on contributions to the project Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction (RADR), a five-year research project running from 2004 to 2009 that was funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
’The largely contemporary focus of both the musical case studies and the technological developments covered in the volume mean that ’Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction’ is of great potential interest to researchers currently working in a number of fields. The intersection between disciplinary areas, which is at the heart of the underlying questions that have driven the research represented, ensures that there is useful material here for musicologists, technologists, performers and cultural studies scholars, amongst others.’ Journal of Music, Technology and Education '… a precise, lucid and superbly edited compendium and a rich source of literature on rhythm and groove that lends itself as advanced teaching material… the selection of musical material is brilliant.' Dancecult, the Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 'Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction is a welcome addition to an underrepresented facet of musicology. The book will be a valuable resource for musicologists involved in research in the area of popular groove-based music and musicologists researching rhythm and microrhythm. The text could also be a useful source of inspiration for composers and producers, as it could provide them with ideas for rhythmic motifs that could be explored in their own music or give them the impetus to add more rhythmic complexity to their compositions.' Popular Music
Popular musicology embraces the field of musicological study that engages with popular forms of music, especially music associated with commerce, entertainment and leisure activities. The Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series aims to present the best research in this field. Authors are concerned with criticism and analysis of the music itself, as well as locating musical practices, values and meanings in cultural context. The focus of the series is on popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a remit to encompass the entirety of the world’s popular music.
Critical and analytical tools employed in the study of popular music are being continually developed and refined in the twenty-first century. Perspectives on the transcultural and intercultural uses of popular music have enriched understanding of social context, reception and subject position. Popular genres as distinct as reggae, township, bhangra, and flamenco are features of a shrinking, transnational world. The series recognizes and addresses the emergence of mixed genres and new global fusions, and utilizes a wide range of theoretical models drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, semiotics, postcolonial studies, feminism, gender studies and queer studies.