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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.
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The compositional processes of UK hip-hop turntable teams

Smith, Sophy 2006 (has links)
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The masks of anarchy : a theoretical study of the intersections between punk and alternative comedy

Bonello Rutter Giappone, Krista 2012 (has links)
Punk's place within pop-cultural history is assured, yet in the claims made for its 'serious' and revolutionary role, the part played by the comic in its critical function remains relatively under-explored. This thesis aims to investigate this dimension in greater depth, pursuing the intersections further into punk's own influence on the subsequent growth of alternative comedy. As with any movement that emphasises 'newness' and change, punk and alternative comedy defined themselves against a ' past' and a 'dominant'. The cultural context and their [disengagement [from]with it will be explored through a theoretical analysis which takes in both the parodic aspect, and punk's attempted reconfiguration of the very terms of ' history' and relation to context - space, time, memory, past, future. Punk will be considered as both a 'post modem' phenomenon, and as mounting a challenge to postmodernism. One major area of change, touching upon shifting boundaries of power in performance, is that of the performer-audience dynamic. The techniques available to alternative comedians will be seen to be indebted to the altered dynamic enabled by punk. The deconstruction of hierarchies will be discussed in tandem with the continued struggle for dominance. The interplay of alienation and engagement, violence and play, along with the invocation of the abject, will be considered in relation to comic theory. Notions of honesty in performance emerge throughout as particularly crucial in both punk and alternative comedy's self-construction, and the implications of this for identity and onstage personae will be examined. The move from 'truth of performance' to 'performative fiction' will he considered in relation to attempted contextual reconfigurations, with the entailed question of the 'amateur's' incomplete abdication of responsibility. I will suggest that alternative comedy makes an effort to redress punk's lapses on this point, and thence to restore a sense of political responsibility.
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Metalcore : a case study

Puckey, Nicola 2011 (has links)
Metal has, in the last ten years, become the focus of a considerable amount of scholarly interest. It was first researched as a subgenre of rock, but it soon outgrew this home and became a fully-fledged music genre of its own. Its subgenres multiplied and developed considerably and academic research on metal has increased alongside this growth. What started with academic books and articles on the metal phenomenon in its entirety soon could not cope with the scale of metal. The research, as with the metal genre, began to fragment, and researchers started focusing upon specific aspects of the songs, scene and/or culture. This thesis is positioned within this approach to metal studies as it was designed to provide information on a particular aspect of metal. It focuses upon the nature of the metalcore subgenre of metal. It has considered a variety of aspects of the metalcore scene and culture in an attempt to define what metalcore is; what constitutes it and how this is represented in the scene. It also evaluated the creation, maintenance and reproduction of the metalcore ingroup and its position in relation to the metal culture. A major aim of this thesis was to use research methods that have not previously been used in this field of study. The methodology has taken influences from Social Identity Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, and a particular conceptualisation of register. It also incorporated influences from a research approach that had been used in many other pieces of metal research: ethnography. While this is not an ethnographic research project, aspects of it have been influenced by ethnography. Important elements of the methodology of the thesis include interviews, participant observation, the collection and analysis of magazines, books and documentaries relevant to metal and metalcore, and also the observation and analysis of many online spaces important to these music cultures. Specifically, a large part of the data collection and analysis process focused on the websites MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. The analysis evaluated how elements of capital associated with the metalcore and metal cultures can be emblematic of the registers of those cultures. It considered this in connection with the ingroup nature of these groups. it has demonstrated the different values these emblems can have as parts of the ingroup/culture/register, and how the same emblems function differently within different cultures to form distinct registers. This research has exposed these distinct registers, and made them accessible to those who are not part of these cultures.
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Is there a canon of rock? : canonical values, terms and mechanisms in the reception of rock albums

Jones, Carys Wyn 2006 (has links)
This thesis addresses the issue of canon formation in the popular reception of rock music. The canon is the collection of works or artists that have been widely accepted as the greatest in their field. It is considered to be an inherently elitist concept however, this study explores symptomatic reflections of canonical values, terms and mechanisms from the canons of literature and classical music in the reception of rock music. The thesis is divided into three parts: the first explores the concept of the canon as theorised by Harold Bloom, John Guillory, Charles Altieri, William Weber and Marcia Citron, among others in the fields of literary criticism and musicology. Part 2 searches for these canonical ideas and ideals in the reception of rock music as represented by ten albums: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, The Beatles' Revolver, The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St., Patti Smith's Horses, The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's the Sex Pistols, and Nirvana's Nevermind. Part 3 explores the resulting questions raised by the presence of canonical facets in the reception of rock music by stating a case for and against a canon in rock music. The thesis concludes that in the reception of popular music we are not simply trying to organise the past but mediate the present, and any canon of rock music must now negotiate a far more pluralized culture, and possibly accept a greater degree of change, than has been evident in the canons of classical music and literature in the last two centuries.
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The other leading note : a comparative study of the flat second pitch degree in North Indian classical, Ottoman or Arabian influenced, Western, heavy metal and film musics

Moore, Sarha 2014 (has links)
This cross-cultural and cross-genre study considers the flat second pitch degree (♭2), a semitone above the tonic, in its significant functional role in tonal musics. The ♭2 appears variously in Indian raga, Ottoman and Arabian influenced music, and in Western music, including heavy metal and film musics. This study aims to balance the exploration of difference in connotations of the ♭2 across cultures with an understanding of commonalities in its use and significance. With the ♭2 as a central focus, I deploy combined methodologies to ask what structural use and connotations it has in various musics, and how it speaks to ideological worldviews such as Orientalism. Through interview, music analysis and literature study I investigate the melodic and harmonic use of the ♭2, its metaphorical associations and meanings past and present. I find that the ♭2 has as strong a ‘yearning vector’ as the major seventh ‘leading note’. Across many world music genres there are nuanced and complex connotations, with metaphors of verticality underpinning many interpretations of the falling cadence ♭2–1. To the Western listener the ♭2 usually signifies anxiety, reinvented in metal as positive and transgressive. Together with the Western signification of the ♭2 as Oriental, a hybrid may be created. I argue that this hybrid may portray the ‘East’ as a negative Other, as exploited in film’s ‘unheard’ soundtracks. In traditions such as Oriental metal and Bollywood, in contrast, hybrid connotations may support articulations of powerful, modern identities. By showing that the ♭2 is used in different yet comparable ways in multiple genres, I bring different harmonic practices, metaphorical associations and ideologies into the foreground, highlighting expanded significations across cultures. By focusing sharply on a specific musical feature as it appears in various contexts, this study aims to provide a well-defined site for disciplinary debates on cultural boundaries.
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Pipe up the volume : the role of the flute in progressive rock

Guy, Rebecca 2007 (has links)
In this thesis I investigate the use and the effect of the flute within rock music. I focus upon the period 1965-1975, the era that saw the development of progressive rock - a genre in which the importation of instruments from other musical traditions formed an important compositional device. My primary concern is how the flute-playing styles and techniques to be found in rock music are linked to the flute's pre-existing musical and cultural roles, and the potential semantic implications for listener experience. Accordingly, the thesis begins by examining aspects of the flute's history, its functions in various musics, and its acquired cultural connotations (such as, for example, the military and the pastoral); from this a paradigmatic framework is developed by which the flute's effect in the more recent genre of rock can be analysed. Following this, the flute's multiple routes into progressive rock music are traced, analysing the role it plays in the diverse musical repertoires - including art music, jazz and Celtic folk music - that fed into the soundscape of the genre. The playing styles and techniques of some individual flute players are then analysed in detail, using as case studies four prominent flute-using bands; Jethro Tull, Genesis, Focus and King Crimson. I discuss how the roles the flute has played in progressive rock can be related to aspects of the socio-cultural background of the genre, and close by summarising the effects of the flute's identified musical and semantic connotations as observed across the four case studies. The thesis as a whole provides new insight into the evolution of flute-playing techniques, the compositional processes and cultural context of progressive rock, and the genre-bridging communicative potential of instrumental timbre.
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'Better decide which side you're on' : authenticity, politics and post-punk in Thatcherite Britain

O'Connell, Joseph 2014 (has links)
During her time as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979-1990) Margaret Thatcher oversaw a great deal of political and social change, some of which proved controversial to her left-wing opponents. Her ascent to power coincided with the establishment of punk, whose music influenced a sizeable proportion of the country’s cultural and social underground, leading to great influence on popular musical producers and the growth of a recognised subculture. Thatcher’s electoral success and the widespread identification with punk were both predicated upon the rhetoric of ‘crisis’ which permeated popular discourse in the mid- to late-1970s. As such, punk came to be viewed as a cultural form with which to not only oppose this rhetoric and mainstream society in general, but also with which to restate ideas of rock ‘authenticity’ as a means to protest political situations. With reference to specific performers and protest movements, this thesis demonstrates how these performers and popular movements stated their opposition to cultural and societal norms, as well as assessing the ‘political’ success of their actions. Consequently it also questions the historical narratives which have been written on this period – particularly that of the Rock Against Racism movement and its involvement of British Asians. It also uses contemporary source material to offer fresh analyses of Live Aid and the Labour Party-supporting Red Wedge group, as well as challenging the performances and presentation of musicians who made direct challenges to Thatcherite policy in their songwriting.
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Contemporary metal music production

Mynett, Mark 2013 (has links)
Distinct challenges are posed when conveying Contemporary Metal Music’s(CMM) sounds and performance perspectives within a recorded and mixed form. CMM often features down tuned, heavily distorted timbres, alongside high tempi, fast and frequently complex subdivisions, and highly synchronised instrumentation. The combination of these elements results in a significant concentration of dense musical sound usually referred to as ‘heaviness’. The publications for this thesis present approaches, processes and techniques for capturing, presenting and accentuating heaviness, as well as intelligibility and performance precision which facilitate the listener’s clear comprehension of the frequent overarching complexity in the music’s construction. Intelligibility and performance precision are the principal requirements for a high commercial standard of CMM, and additionally can enhance a production’s sense of heaviness. This synoptic commentary defines heaviness from an ecological perspective, by highlighting invariant properties that shape the embodied experience of being human. Heaviness is primarily substantiated through displays of distortion and, regardless of the listening levels involved, the fundamentals of this identity are ecologically linked to volume, power, energy, intensity, emotionality and aggression. In addition to distortion, a vital component of heaviness is sonic weight, which refers to CMM’s low frequencies being associated with large, intense and powerful entities. CMM’s heaviness is also considered in terms of the perceived proximity of activity, apparent size of performance environment, and level and type of energy being expended. In particular, CMM provides the listener with the sense of utmost proximity to the band, usually without any significant perspective of depth. Production strategies for achieving a high commercial standard in CMM are then presented. This is followed by a reflective commentary on the portfolio of productions, which includes discussion of the author’s transition from emulative to professional level of production and considers originality within this body of work. By presenting the subject as an important, valid and authentic scholarly discipline, this work bridges the gap between the worlds of academia and music production practice for this style.
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From the dawn of the Sabbath ... metal was born

Cope, Andrew Laurence 2007 (has links)
The early 1990s saw the publication of important academic works on the subject of heavy metal music. These works were seminal in that they were the first to recognise and interrogate, in any substantial way, a topic that had been, until then, valued only as a cultural/sociological subject. Those ground-breaking works included Robert Walser's 1993 publication Running with The Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal and Deena Weinstein's Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture first published in 1991. Both works however, present heavy metal in broad terms, creating a wide paradigm that includes bands with widely differing musical syntax and aesthetic concerns (e.g. Cradle of Filth to Bon Jovi). These generalisations, being based on the perceived commonality of such concepts as power-chords and gendering, form something of a paradox that has been unquestioningly embraced by subsequent authors and so sustaining that opinion. I have challenged these generalisations and asserted that hard rock and heavy metal are distinctly different generic forms in both musical syntax and aesthetic. Moreover, I have argued that both Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin were pivotal in the formation of heavy metal and hard rock respectively and that the first six albums of both bands were particularly significant to the generic evolution of both forms of music. Heavy metal has evolved and become an established form of music over the last three and a half decades but vitally retains the central coding established in Black Sabbath's early work, not least the consistent utilisation of key intervals such as the tritone and flat 2nd, modal riffs, down-tuned guitars, aggressive performance techniques, episodic structuring and anti-patriarchal themes. By contrast, Led Zeppelin made significant contributions to the evolution of hard rock through a re-working of blues-based themes and syntax and the development of an eclectic repertoire. This work deconstructs that evolutionary process, highlighting the distinct nature of both forms.
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Understanding DIY punk as activism : realising DIY ethics through cultural production, community and everyday negotiations

Griffin, Naomi 2015 (has links)
This thesis explores the production of DIY punk alternative cultures, communities and identities as activism. Based on an ethnographic study of DIY punk in North East England, it combines and integrates the disciplinary approaches of sociology, cultural studies and geography. Using an interpretivist epistemology, the research focuses on DIY punk participants’ subjective realities and experiences, through participant observation, of punk events and shows, and interviews. Carried out by a researcher who was both embedded in the scene, as a punk participant, and outside it, as an academic PhD student, it enhances methodological and epistemological debates about the ‘insider/outsider’ research stance and subjectivities. This thesis promotes DIY punk as a relevant and rich area for scholarship. It theorises DIY punk participation as cultural production (Moore, 2007), existing within a framework of activism, as participants attempt to bring into being ‘hoped-for futures’ (Chatterton & Pickerill, 2010) using a multitude of tactics. Identifying multi-layered and multi-scalar acts of resistance, the narrowness of the concept of activism in the literature is critiqued. A more inclusive conceptualisation of activism, as more than oppositional, is proposed. A DIY ethic is theorised as anti-capitalist and interconnected with other complexly interwoven ideologies and politics. The everyday challenges that participants face, in negotiating a DIY punk ethic, and the interface between DIY punk culture and ‘mainstream’ society, are examined. Participants narratively construct DIY punk through ongoing negotiations, which affect how participants produce and interact with and in DIY punk spaces. The research contributes to scholarship on punk and community by arguing that DIY punk cultural production is strengthened by notions of community. It has wider relevance by exploring the meaning of community in a unique cultural context. It offers a definition of community that recognises DIY punk communities as imagined (Anderson, 1991) but sensitive to the significance of place.

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