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Sinister Resonance

The Mediumship of the Listener

Author: David Toop

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Music

Page: 256

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A major new work from one of the world's most erudite, intellectual, and influential thinkers and writers about sound and music. >

Fullness of Dissonance

Modern Fiction and the Aesthetics of Music

Author: Daniel C. Melnick

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 159

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During the modern period, the bond between music and literature constituted a crucial and influential idea for Conrad and Eliot, Mann and Rilke, and many other writers. For modern novelists in particular this idea has provided the model and rationale for the experimental liberation of narrative form and its desired effect on the reader. Critics later in the twentieth century have undertaken analyses of various contrapuntal, sonata, and other musical structures in fiction, and some critics have studied the influence of various composers on novelists. Fullness of Dissonance is concerned with the related matter of how the aesthetics of music influenced the writers and texts of modern fiction. The musical aesthetic to which Proust, Mann, Joyce, and other novelists responded originates in Romanticism, and it culminates with the notion of a musicalized literature developed by many of the major progenitors of modernism - Mallarme, Pater, and Nietzsche. The first several chapters trace the bearing on modern novelists of this inheritance from Romanticism through Nietzsche's idea of dissonance; these chapters also analyze the musical paradigms provided by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and other composers. It was Nietzsche who first posited the idea that dissonant form liberates art from conventional, harmonious patterns of perception in order to formulate and provoke the perceiver's refusal of a habitual response to art and life. The key assumption of modernism in music is that dissonance is the sole "language" music can effectively speak in a century of disequilibrium. Fullness of Dissonance studies the ways in which this assumption applies to modern novelists' self-avowed efforts to "musicalize" fiction; their efforts lead to the use of a series of destabilizing strategies that, under the guise of "musicalizing" fiction, tacitly assume and achieve the effect of dissonance in the novel. The dissonant nature of modern fiction has both an aesthetic and an ethical identity; the hoped-for impact of dissonance in narrative is to activate the reader's capacity for a freed and independent consciousness. James Joyce is the climactic figure in this study for his work - particularly Ulysses - affirms the freed, fiction-generating consciousness at the core of dissonant narrative.

The Contemporary Piano

A Performer and Composer’s Guide to Techniques and Resources

Author: Alan Shockley

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Music

Page: 268

View: 235

With The Contemporary Piano, Shockley provides a comprehensive resource for composers writing music that uses extended techniques for the piano and for pianists interested in playing repertoire that makes use of techniques and/or implements unfamiliar to them.

Spirits Rejoice!

Jazz and American Religion

Author: Jason Bivins

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Music

Page: 369

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"Bivins explores the relationship between American religion and American music, and the places where religion and jazz have overlapped" --Dust jacket flap.

Chaos Media

A Sonic Economy of Digital Space

Author: Stephen Kennedy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA


Category: Music

Page: 192

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The contemporary media landscape might be described in simple terms as a digital terrain where real and virtual worlds collide. Stephen Kennedy investigates the concept of our digital space leading up to the digital turn of the 1990s to fully understand how our perceptions of orientation in space in time was altered. Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space re-thinks the five fundamental paths to our contemporary understanding of the digital age: cultural, political, economic, scientific, and aesthetic, and ties them together to form a coherent whole in order to demonstrate how critical thinking can be reconfigured using a methodological approach that uses 'chaos' and 'complexity' as systematic tools for studying contemporary mediated space. Kennedy introduces the concept of Sonic Economy, a methodology that allows for a critical engagement with the heterogeneous elements of an information society wherein the dispersion of discrete elements is manifest but not always clearly visible.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years

Author: Dr. Michael J. Collins

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents Collins feels inadequate and unprepared. All too soon, the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gives way to the feeling he is a counterfeit, an imposter who has infiltrated a society of brilliant surgeons. This story of Collins' four-year surgical residency traces his rise from an eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished Chief Resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor, he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing: a succession of run down cars that are towed to the junk yard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income. Collins' good nature helps him over some of the rough spots but cannot spare him the harsh reality of a doctor's life. Every day he is confronted with decisions that will change people's lives-or end them-forever. A young boy's leg is mangled by a tractor: risk the boy's life to save his leg, or amputate immediately? A woman diagnosed with bone cancer injures her hip: go through a painful hip operation even though she has only months to live? Like a jolt to the system, he is faced with the reality of suffering and death as he struggles to reconcile his idealism and aspiration to heal with the recognition of his own limitations and imperfections. Unflinching and deeply engaging, Hot Lights, Cold Steel is a humane and passionate reminder that doctors are people too. This is a gripping memoir, at times devastating, others triumphant, but always compulsively readable.

Ocean and Seabed Acoustics

A Theory of Wave Propagation

Author: George V. Frisk

Publisher: Pearson Education


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 300

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Respected scientist and educator George V. Frisk draws on his extensive professional experience to demonstrate how the ocean environment provides an excellent setting in which to display general principles of wave propagation that are also applicable to other areas of wave physics. Ocean and Seabed Acoustics proceeds with a derivation of elementary solutions to the wave equation in free space and then progressively addresses problems of increasing complexity. This book concludes with a discussion of acoustic wave propagation due to a point source in an inhomogeneous waveguide with lossy boundaries.

Henry Cowell

A Man Made of Music

Author: Joel Sachs

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Music

Page: 624

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Joel Sachs offers the first complete biography of one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century American music. Henry Cowell, a major musical innovator of the first half of the century, left a rich body of compositions spanning a wide range of styles. But as Sachs shows, Cowell's legacy extends far beyond his music. He worked tirelessly to create organizations such as the highly influential New Music Quarterly, New Music Recordings, and the Pan-American Association of Composers, through which great talents like Ruth Crawford Seeger and Charles Ives first became known in the US and abroad. As one of the first Western advocates for World Music, he used lectures, articles, and recordings to bring other musical cultures to myriad listeners and students including John Cage and Lou Harrison, who attributed their life work to Cowell's influence. Finally, Sachs describes the tragedy of Cowell's life, being sentenced to fifteen years in San Quentin -- of which he served four -- after pleading guilty to a morals charge that even the prosecutor felt was trivial. Providing a wealth of insight into Cowell's ideas and philosophy, Joel Sachs lays out a much-needed perspective on one of the giants of twentieth-century American music.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: OUP Oxford


Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is the tale of an ancient curse suddenly given a terrifying modern application. The grey towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor hold many secrets for Holmes and Watson to unravel. The detective is contemptuous of supernatural manifestations, but the reader will remain perpetually haunted by the hound from the moor. The editor of this volume, W.W. Robson, was Emeritus David Masson Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and author of Modern English Literature. The general editor of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes, Owen Dudley Edwards, is Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh and author or The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Conrad's Fiction as Critical Discourse

Author: Richard Ambrosini

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

View: 643

This book makes a claim for the importance of theoretical ideas in Conrad's fiction as they are formed, tested, and eventually redefined.

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