21st Century Guitar: Evolutions and Augmentations (Hardcover)

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21st Century Guitar: Evolutions and Augmentations (Hardcover)

By Rich Perks (Editor), John McGrath (Editor)


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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 preparations, 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.
Rich Perks is a guitarist, composer and lecturer in music performance at the University of Kent, UK. His research interests include the combination of composition with improvisation, inter-cultural collaborations, the extended performance possibilities of the fretless electric guitar, and popular musicology/analysis (guitar-focused). He was recently awarded a research grant to explore the fretless guitar scene of West-Asia and his latest publications have addressed modern-day guitar performance. John McGrath is a guitarist, musicologist and lecturer in music at University of Surrey, UK, which is home to the International Guitar Research Centre (IGRC). Recent publications include Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music (2018) and contributions to The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Transmedia Directors (Bloomsbury, 2020).
Product Details ISBN: 9781501373299
ISBN-10: 1501373293
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: January 12th, 2023
Pages: 296
Language: English