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Title: “The guy that hangs around with the musicians” : Exploring the relationship of pitched percussion to the rock band and the traditions of the rock drummer
Other Titles: “The guy that hangs around with the musicians”
Authors: Atherton, Tom
Advisors: Riley, C
Lewis, K
Keywords: Tuned percussion;Marimba;Vibraphone;Contemporary rock music;Rock percussionist
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Brunel University London
Abstract: This research explores the integration of tuned percussion into the rock band framework with the emphasis on creating innovative approaches as a composer and performer. The portfolio of audio/ video recordings, scores and commentary will explore; 1) The roles of the rock drummer and percussionist 2) New composition and performance techniques for percussion within rock 3) Challenging the identity of rock music This portfolio is a combination of several smaller practical projects designed around the parameters of; - Ensemble size - Instrumentation - Tuned vs untuned percussion It has been undertaken by a practitioner who works across the disciplines of rock drumming, orchestral percussion and free improvisation. As such, it places them in an unusual, interesting and unique position whereby elements of each framework blend and permeate into one another, both on conscious and subconscious levels. Such a position enables the practitioner to effectively view and analyse multiple, disparate musical spheres and create new work at their meeting points, as well as venture into the previously unexplored gaps in between.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University London
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