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21st Century Guitar – Evolutions and Augmentations

Perks, Richard and McGrath, John, eds. (2020) 21st Century Guitar – Evolutions and Augmentations. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83058)

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Abstract

In the 21st Century the guitar takes more physical forms than ever before. Ranging from relatively simple adaptions/modifications of existing instruments to custom-made specialist models; from multiple necks and additional strings to the removal or supplementation of frets; from on-board processing units to external synergies with technology; the guitar’s physical identity is in an exponential state of flux, raising many important questions: What are the reasons behind such myriad evolutions and augmentations? Is musicianship at the epicentre of developments? Do trends in fashions, idiomatic conventions, and/or ‘gimmicks’ have a role to play?

This collection comprises an assortment of contributions from performers, academics and practitioners which examine the diverse physical manifestations of the guitar across the modern performative landscape and explore the creative possibilities these new forms afford. Musicological insights spanning performance practice, contemporary organology and technological augmentation are interwoven with interviews featuring leading practitioners from an array of performance cultures.

With a leaning towards the emic perspective of the performing musician, this volume addresses the notion that the guitar is evolving in a reflexive cycle, reflecting the ever-advancing creative demands of the performer amid a world of soaring technological development; creating a feedback loop that impacts upon our general understanding of how the guitar is defined today.

Item Type: Edited book
Uncontrolled keywords: Modern guitar, Fretless Guitar, Microtonal guitar, Percussive guitar, augmentation, technological augmentation, modern technique
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Music and Audio Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Music and Fine Art
Depositing User: Richard Perks
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2020 14:46 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 18:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83058 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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