Routledge Research in Music

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, film, religion, politics, and science, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

  • Live-Electronic Music

    Composition, Performance and Study

    Edited by Friedemann Sallis, Laura Zattra, Ian Burleigh

    During the twentieth century, electronic technology enabled the explosive development of new tools for the production, performance, dissemination and conservation of music. The era of the mechanical reproduction of music has, rather ironically, opened up new perspectives, which have contributed to…

    Hardback – 2016-03-01 
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  • A Musical and Cultural History of Loudness

    By Kyle Devine

    This book offers the first musical, cultural, and technological history of loudness, highlighting how loudness calls attention to musical, discursive, affective, and technological continuities that stretch across seemingly disparate traditions. Devine focuses especially on the years since 1915,…

    Hardback – 2015-12-30 
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  • Current Directions in Ecomusicology

    Music, Culture, Nature

    Edited by Aaron S. Allen, Kevin Dawe

    This volume is the first sustained examination of the complex perspectives on ecomusicology — the study of the intersections of music/sound, culture/society, and nature/environment. Twenty-three authors provide a range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical chapters representing disciplines…

    Hardback – 2015-10-09 
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  • Opera in a Multicultural World

    Coloniality, Culture, Performance

    Edited by Mary Ingraham, Joseph So, Roy Moodley

    Through historical and contemporary examples, this book critically explores the relevance and expressions of multicultural representation in western European operatic genres in the modern world. It reveals their approaches to reflecting identity, transmitting meaning, and inspiring creation, as…

    Hardback – 2015-07-08
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  • Preserving Popular Music Heritage

    Do-it-Yourself, Do-it-Together

    Edited by Sarah Baker

    There is a growing awareness around the world of the pressing need to archive the material remnants of popular music so as to safeguard the national and local histories of this cultural form. Current research suggests that in the past 20 or so years there has been an expansion of DIY heritage…

    Hardback – 2015-05-18
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  • The Modern Percussion Revolution

    Journeys of the Progressive Artist

    Edited by Kevin Lewis, Gustavo Aguilar

    More than eighty years have passed since Edgard Varèse’s catalytic work for percussion ensemble, Ionisation, was heard in its New York premiere. A flurry of pieces for this new medium dawned soon after, challenging the established truths and preferences of the European musical tradition while…

    Hardback – 2014-06-09
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  • Music, Performance, and the Realities of Film

    Shared Concert Experiences in Screen Fiction

    By Benjamin Winters

    This book examines the relationship between narrative film and reality, as seen through the lens of on-screen classical concert performance. By investigating these scenes, wherein the performance of music is foregrounded in the narrative, Winters uncovers how concert performance reflexively…

    Hardback – 2014-02-13
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  • Popular Music in a Digital Music Economy

    Problems and Practices for an Emerging Service Industry

    By Tim J. Anderson

    In the late 1990s, the MP3 became the de facto standard for digital audio files and the networked computer began to claim a significant place in the lives of more and more listeners. The dovetailing of these two circumstances is the basis of a new mode of musical production and distribution where…

    Hardback – 2014-01-13
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  • Music in Films on the Middle Ages

    Authenticity vs. Fantasy

    By John Haines

    This book explores the role of music in the some five hundred feature-length films on the Middle Ages produced between the late 1890s and the present day. Haines focuses on the tension in these films between the surviving evidence for medieval music and the idiomatic tradition of cinematic music.…

    Hardback – 2013-11-13
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  • Bodily Expression in Electronic Music

    Perspectives on Reclaiming Performativity

    Edited by Deniz Peters, Gerhard Eckel, Andreas Dorschel

    In this book, scholars and artists explore the relation between electronic music and bodily expression from perspectives including aesthetics, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, dance and interactive performance arts, sociology, computer music and sonic arts, and music theory, transgressing…

    Paperback – 2013-11-08
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  • Music, Science, and the Rhythmic Brain

    Cultural and Clinical Implications

    Edited by Jonathan Berger, Gabe Turow

    This book studies the effects of repetitive musical rhythm on the brain and nervous system, and in doing so integrates diverse fields including ethnomusicology, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, religious studies, music therapy, and human health. It presents aspects of musical rhythm and…

    Paperback – 2013-07-08
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  • Masculinity in Opera

    Edited by Philip Purvis

    This book addresses the ways in which masculinity is negotiated, constructed, represented, and problematized within operatic music and practice. Although the consideration of masculine ontology and epistemology has pervaded cultural and sociological studies since the late 1980s, and masculinity has…

    Hardback – 2013-06-10
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  • Musical Performance and the Changing City

    Post-industrial Contexts in Europe and the United States

    Edited by Fabian Holt, Carsten Wergin

    A contribution to the field of urban music studies, this book presents new interdisciplinary approaches to the study of music in urban social life. It takes musical performance as its key focus, exploring how and why different kinds of performance are evolving in contemporary cities in the…

    Hardback – 2013-03-04
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  • Liveness in Modern Music

    Musicians, Technology, and the Perception of Performance

    By Paul Sanden

    This study investigates the idea and practice of liveness in modern music. Understanding what makes music live in an ever-changing musical and technological terrain is one of the more complex and timely challenges facing scholars of current music, where liveness is typically understood to represent…

    Hardback – 2012-12-18
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  • Vocal Music and Contemporary Identities

    Unlimited Voices in East Asia and the West

    Edited by Christian Utz, Frederick Lau

    Looking at musical globalization and vocal music, this collection of essays studies the complex relationship between the human voice and cultural identity in 20th- and 21st-century music in both East Asian and Western music. The authors approach musical meaning in specific case studies against the…

    Hardback – 2012-12-18
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