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Ensemble Stuff: The Grateful Dead's Development of Rock-based Improvisational Practice and its Religious Implications
This dissertation examines the Grateful Dead’s creation of a distinctively rock-oriented approach to open improvisation in the mid to late 1960s. In the first section of the dissertation, I draw on live recordings, presented ...
This thesis investigates the result of merging three musical approaches (jazz fusion, breakbeat/IDM and Electronic Dance Music) and their respective methodologies as applied to music composition. It is presented in a ...
Red Mitchell: Tuning in Fifths and the Walking Bass Line
In 1966, Red Mitchell began tuning his bass in fifths to meet the demands of film composers who required a low C. Having played in fourths for approximately twenty years, Mitchell required only nine days to adapt to fifths ...
Change of the "Guard": Charlie Rouse, Steve Lacy, and the Music of Thelonious Monk
The word “Monkian” is frequently used in jazz discourse to describe the music of pianist Thelonious Monk. This study consolidates literature on Monk’s music to define the Monkian aesthetic as an integration of the following ...
The Portuguese Guitar: History and Transformation of an Instrument Associated with Fado
Since the mid-nineteenth century the Portuguese guitar has been connected to the fado genre. Both the instrument and the song genre have experienced significant transformations, at times related to aesthetic changes, at ...
Considering Schubert and Nature: A Romantic Ecology
Franz Schubert’s preoccupation with the nature-centric poetry of his day yielded a large body of musical landscapes and depictions of the human experience of nature. And while his songs are often associated with the ...