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Bytes and Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age

Bytes and Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age (Microfische)

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From Attali's "cold social silence' to Baudrillard's hallucinatory reality, reproduced music has long been the target of critical attack. Steve Savage, however, deploys an innovative combination of designed recording projects, ethnographic studies of contemporary music practice, and critical analysis to challenge many of these traditional attitudes about the creation and reception of music. Savage adopts the notion of "repurposing' as central to understanding how every aspect of musical activity, from creation to reception, has been transformed, arguing that the tension within production between a naturalizing "art' and a self-conscious "artifice' reflects and feeds into our evolving notions of creativity, authenticity, and community. Three original audio projects form an integral part of the work, drawing from rock & roll, jazz, and traditional African music. Through these projects, Savage is able to target areas of contemporary practice that are particularly significant in the cultural evolution of the musical experience from the perspective of composers, musicians, and listeners. This work stems from Savage's experience as a professional recording engineer and record producer.

"Instead of focusing solely on legal aspects, as many authors have done, Savage takes the time to study not only how technologies have altered the way we make and consume music, but also how technology relates to culture. This balance between 'empirical' and 'critical' approaches is powerful.' -- Serge Lacasse, Universite Laval

Music & DanceDanceMusic reviews & criticismMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresEasy listening, MOR musicMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresRock & Pop musicPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia Studies Publisher: The University of Michigan Press Publication Date: 26/09/2011 ISBN-13: 9780472117857  Details: Type: Microfische Format: Digital or Media
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Steve Savage teaches musicology in the humanities department at San Francisco State University and is an active record producer and recording engineer. He has been the primary engineer on seven records that received Grammy nominations.

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