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The Meyer Manuscript: An 18th-Century American Tunebook

Published Apr 23, 2015

Abstract The Meyer collection includes an 18th-century American tunebook in manuscript. This oblong tunebook, catalogued under the call number TN4/M294/T, is bound in a soft cloth cover and measures 16.5 by 10.5 centimeters. There are ‘thirty-seven folios, each with entries on both recto and verso. Unfortunately the manuscript contains neither a date nor an owner’s… Read more

Nigun Poems

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract This set of poems grew out of my experiences of listening and finding myself inside nigunim (pl; singular nigun or nign), Chassidic chants—mystical, usually wordless songs used as accompaniment for rituals—weddings, prayers, candle–lightings—collective beckoning of transcendence. The nigun experience is fraught with what Amiri Baraka called, referring to blues, the “re/feeling”—proximity and shape of… Read more

Material Matters

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract Schneller documents his musical upbringing, travels around the world, and his studies of musicology.

From Errata 5uite

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract Errata 5uite. errant phrase denoting a succession of 5 line errata slips of tongue composed of letter notes written on 5 line musical staves (invisible) together forming a silent suite (Fr. a following).

On Plurality

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract Neilson shares his expression of music and methodology of composition.

A Timely Musical Discourse, or A Music Treatise from Lost Times, Part I

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract Eschewing some serious scholarly reservations, I wish to present a significant portion of a heretofore unknown treatise that concerns the nature of musical time. It takes the form of a dialogue between two musicians, a teacher and his student. The characters might represent actual musicians, or perhaps they personify two entirely contrasting musical cultures…. Read more

Transformational Analysis: An Essay Toward an Analytic Model

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract The goal of this paper is to briefly review some contemporary modes of analysis in light of Treitler’s remarks and to suggest, again briefly, a new perspective on analysis, which I term “transformational.” Several current approaches to music analysis are founded on the concept of a single basic shape as the underlying source for… Read more

Fruits and Vegetables

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract Lucier explains the years he spent developing a method of composition in which voices and instruments sustain tones against pure-wave oscillators, creating audible beats that occur when two or more closely tuned sound waves coincide.He continues to describe his composition style.

Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz

Published Mar 23, 2015

Abstract Since the mid-1940s the jazz scene in the United States has been gradually moving away from playing a significant role in mainstream popular culture to a more marginalized one, aligning itself with practices associated with Western art music traditions. For jazz musicians, this shift from “popular” to “high art” status has proven advantageous in… Read more