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  • The Songlines

    by Bruce Chatwin

    Bruce Chatwin provides a fascinating background to indigenous Australian life.The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. Along these lines, Aboriginals passed the songs which revealed the creation of the land and the secrets of its past. In this magical account, Chatwin recalls his travels across the length ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Music Instinct

    How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It

    by Philip Ball

    Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? How do we make sense of musical sound?These are questions that have, until recently, remained mysterious. Now The Music Instinct explores how the latest research in music psychology and brain science is piecing together the puzzle of how our minds understand and respond to music. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Sound of Pictures

    Listening to the Movies, from Hitchcock to High Fidelity

    by Andrew Ford

    The Sound of Pictures is an illuminating journey through the soundtracks of more than 400 films. How do filmmakers play with sound? And how does that affect the way we watch their movies? Whether pop or classical, sweeping or sparse, music plays a crucial role in our cinematic experience. Other sounds can be even more evocative: the sounds of nature, of cities and of voices.In The Sound of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Singing Saltwater Country

    Journey to the songlines of Carpentaria

    by John Bradley and 1 more

    At twenty John Bradley was sent to teach Aboriginal children in a school at remote Borroloola, on the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Australia.But it is the teacher who is educated by the Yanyuwa elders and their families. Over three decades he learns their language and their country, becoming intimately drawn into other ways of being, both practical and spiritual. With passion and pride they ... Read more

    $21.66 AUD

  • Check the Technique

    Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies

    by Brian Coleman and 1 more

    A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortalsIt’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have always been reduced to a list of producer and sample credits, a publicity photo or two, and some hastily composed shout-outs. That’s a damn shame, ... Read more

    $20.12 AUD

  • Chances and Choices

    Exploring the Impact of Music Education

    by Stephanie Pitts

    In Chances and Choices, Stephanie Pittssurveys the aims and impact of formative musical experiences, evaluating the extent to which music education of various kinds provides a foundation for lifelong involvement and interest in music. Pitts draws upon rich qualitative data from her own extensive original study of over 100 adults with an active interest in music in the UK and Italy to address ... Read more

    $52.57 AUD

  • The Armenian Duduk

    A Complete Guide

    by Dave Tawfik

    The Armenian Duduk: A complete guide is probably one of the few books in English that covers all you need to know, to be able to play this elusive and exotically haunting instrument. The book goes over the fundamental basics of the instrument, how to hold it, proper hand technique, and gives exercises to help develop the beginner into being able to play basic pieces. The book then moves onto the ... Read more

    $15.34 AUD

  • Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction

    by Timothy Rice

    series Very Short Introductions
    Ethnomusicologists believe that all humans, not just those we call musicians, are musical, and that musicality is one of the essential touchstones of the human experience. This insight raises big questions about the nature of music and the nature of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to properly address these questions, we must study music in all its geographical and historical diversity ... Read more

    $11.65 AUD

  • Brutality Garden

    Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture

    by Christopher Dunn

    In the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropicalia. Music inspired by that movement is today enjoying considerable attention at home and abroad. Few new listeners, however, make the connection between this music and the circumstances surrounding its creation, the most violent and repressive days of the military regime that governed Brazil from 1964 to ... Read more

    $41.46 AUD

  • Sangeet Aarohee: An Essential Study of Hindustani Classical Music

    by Dr. Kalpesh Jani

    …A concise yet extensive coverage of various aspects of Hindustani Classical Music.…48 well-crafted chapters……Different terms used in Hindustani Music are defined in simple terms……A lucid explanation of the science behind music, including vibratios, frequency, naad, shruti, swar, raga, thaat and various musical compositions……The journey of Hindustani Music from the Vedic ages to the modern age ... Read more

    $11.14 AUD

  • Representing African Music

    Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions

    by Kofi Agawu

    The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people. This book also poses the question then, ... Read more

    $71.49 AUD

  • Punk Crisis

    The Global Punk Rock Revolution

    by Raymond A. Patton

    In March 1977, John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon of the punk band the Sex Pistols looked over the Berlin wall onto the grey, militarized landscape of East Berlin, which reminded him of home in London. Lydon went up to the wall and extended his middle finger. He didn't know it at the time, but the Sex Pistols' reputation had preceded his gesture, as young people in the "Second World" busily appropriated ... Read more

    $29.25 AUD

  • Community Music in Oceania

    Many Voices, One Horizon

    by Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and 28 more

    Community Music in Oceania: Many Voices, One Horizon makes a distinctive contribution to the field of community music through the experiences of its editors and contributors in music education, ethnomusicology, music therapy, and music performance. Covering a wide range of perspectives from Australia, Timor-Leste, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Korea, the essays ... Read more

    $41.46 AUD

  • Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age

    by Linda Ioanna Kouvaras

    The experimentalist phenomenon of 'noise' as constituting 'art' in much twentieth-century music (paradoxically) reached its zenith in Cage’s (’silent’ piece) 4’33. But much post-1970s musical endeavour with an experimentalist telos, collectively known as 'sound art', has displayed a postmodern need to ’load’ modernism’s ’degree zero’. After contextualizing experimentalism from its inception in the ... Read more

    $83.92 AUD

  • Beyond Exoticism

    Western Music and the World

    by Timothy D. Taylor and 2 more

    series Refiguring American Music
    In Beyond Exoticism, Timothy D. Taylor considers how western cultures’ understandings of racial, ethnic, and cultural differences have been incorporated into music from early operas to contemporary television advertisements, arguing that the commonly used term “exoticism” glosses over such differences in many studies of western music. Beyond Exoticism encompasses a range of musical genres and ... Read more

    $34.42 AUD

  • Musicology: The Key Concepts

    by David Beard and 1 more

    series Routledge Key Guides
    Now in an updated 2nd edition, Musicology: The Key Concepts is a handy A-Z reference guide to the terms and concepts associated with contemporary musicology. Drawing on critical theory with a focus on new musicology, this updated edition contains over 35 new entries including:AutobiographyMusic and ConflictDeconstructionPostcolonialism... ... Read more

    $46.41 AUD

  • Urban Blues

    by Charles Keil

    Charles Keil examines the expressive role of blues bands and performers and stresses the intense interaction between performer and audience. Profiling bluesmen Bobby Bland and B. B. King, Keil argues that they are symbols for the black community, embodying important attitudes and roles—success, strong egos, and close ties to the community. While writing Urban Blues in the mid-1960s, Keil ... Read more

    $34.42 AUD

  • Korea and the Western Drumset: Scattering Rhythms

    by Simon Barker

    series SOAS Studies in Music
    For over a century, drummers have been turning to a variety of percussive traditions as prompts for the creation of new expressive possibilities on the drumset. In this book, Simon Barker sets out in detail the developmental processes he has followed creating an improvisational language for the drumset utilizing Korean rhythm/sticking cells, aesthetic conceptions, improvisatory codes, and ... Read more

    $66.10 AUD

  • Musical Ethics and Islam

    The Art of Playing the Ney

    by Banu Senay

    After the establishment of the Turkish Republic, Turkey's secularized society disdained the ney, the Sufi reed flute long associated with Islam. The instrument's remarkable revival in today's cities has inspired the creation of teaching and learning sites that range from private ney studios to cultural and religious associations and from university clubs to mosque organizations.Banu Şenay ... Read more

    $24.52 AUD

  • Mosaic of Music: Mystery of Percussion and Dance

    by Morwenna Assaf

    Mosaic of Music: This book is for all followers and anyone interested in the art of belly dancing, Arabic music or percussion. Learn to understand the music and the rhythms that evolve areound the dance. Play cymbals better and understand the music completely so you can be a vision of the music. ... Read more

    $7.97 AUD

  • The Cultural Study of Music

    A Critical Introduction

    by Martin Clayton and 2 more

    What is the relationship between music and culture? The first edition of The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction explored this question with groundbreaking rigor and breadth. Now this second edition refines that original analysis while examining the ways the field has developed in the years since the book’s initial publication. Including contributions from scholars of music, cultural ... Read more

    $80.40 AUD

  • The Soul of Rock 'N Roll: A History of African Americans in Rock Music

    by Jeffrey Othello

    THE SOUL of ROCK 'N ROLL is a history of African Americans in Rock Music. And it examines and exemplifies the careers of over 50 top pioneering African American performers such as... Chuck Berry Little Richard Big Mama Thornton Muddy Waters B.B. King Bo Diddley John Lee Hooker Ray Charles Ike & Tina Turner Aretha Franklin Smokey Robinson The Supremes The Temptations Otis Redding Jackie Wilson Sam ... Read more

    $15.34 AUD

  • Kindred Chords

    Australian Musical Families

    by Loretta Barnard

    Kindred Chords: Australian Musical Families is the first book of its kind in Australia, a book that introduces readers to 27 Australian musical families from across musical genres to provide a glimpse into the extraordinary creativity of Australian musicians and their musical families - the interactions, the influences, the sharing of ideas, the love and support, the special bonds.The author, ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Punk Ethnography

    Artists & Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies

    by Michael E. Veal and 1 more

    series Music/Culture #38
    This ground-breaking case study examines record production as ethnographic work. Since its founding in 2003, Seattle-based record label Sublime Frequencies has produced world music recordings that have been received as radical, sometimes problematic critiques of the practices of sound ethnography. Founded by punk rocker brothers Alan and Richard Bishop, along with filmmaker Hisham Mayet, the label ... Read more

    $28.26 AUD