World Music Day

Here at the University of Huddersfield Press, we are proud of our wide range of open access music research. In celebration of World Music Day, why not get lost in the world of noise, sound and scores and indulge in our collection of musical research?

Here’s a selection of some of our fantastic publications, which you can either read online or treat yourself to a beautiful print copy that would look great on any music-lover’s bookshelf!

Soundings: documentary film and the listening experience

Geoffrey Cox

This book draws on the lived experience of sound’s capacity to move and shake us in direct, subtle and profound ways through speech, location sound, and music in documentary film. The associative, connotative and sheer emotive power of sound has the capacity to move and shake us in a myriad of direct, subtle and often profound ways. The writers in this book draw on the lived experience of sound’s resounding capacity as primary motivation for exploring these implications, united by the overarching theme of how listening is connected with acts of making sense both on its own terms and in conjunction with viewing.

Read online here or purchase a copy here

 

noise2Noise in and as Music

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond

One hundred years after Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” this book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book’s focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material—as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data. Its contributors are first and foremost practitioners, which inevitably turns attention toward how and why noise is made and its potential role in listening and perceiving.

Read online here or purchase a copy here

 

explosions2Explosions in November: the first 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Richard Steinitz

Explosions in November tells the story of one of Europe’s leading cultural institutions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf), through the eyes of its founder and former artistic director, Professor Richard Steinitz. From its modest beginnings in 1978, when winter fog nearly sabotaged the inaugural programme, to today’s internationally renowned event, hcmf has been a pioneering champion of the best in contemporary music.
Now Richard Steinitz brings his insider view on the people behind the festival and how they made each year a success. Explosions in November reveals the full picture of a festival that continues to surprise, delight and provoke its audiences to this day.

Read online here or purchase a copy here

 

Or maybe you’re an aspiring musician yourself – or perhaps World Music day has inspired you to pick up an instrument…

 

grooves2Grooves for Guitar

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for the aspiring guitarist. Comprising of original music with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the intermediate or graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Purchase this book here

 

drums.jpgDrums and Bass: for tomorrow’s rhythm section

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for tomorrow’s rhythm section. Comprising of original music for drummers and bass players, with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Purchase this book here

 

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