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21st Century Guitar. Evolutions and Augmentations

jueves, 19 de enero de 2023
21st Century Guitar © 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc. 21st Century Guitar © 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.

Bloomsbury Publishing Inc. ha publicado 21st Century Guitar. Evolutions and Augmentations,* editado por Richard Perks* y John McGrath*, profesores de las universidades Kent y Surrey en el Reino Unido.  

 21st Century Guitar. Evolutions and Augmentations, forma parte de la serie Music and Culture de la colección Bloomsbury Academic. Esta es la descripción del volumen proporcionada por la editorial:

In the 21st Century, the guitar, as both a material object and tool for artistic expression, continues to be reimagined and reinvented. From simple adaptations or modifications made by performers themselves, to custom-made instruments commissioned to fulfil specific functions, to the mass production of new lines of commercially available instruments, the extant and emergent forms of this much-loved musical instrument vary perhaps more than ever before. 
As guitars sporting multiple necks, a greater number of strings, and additional frets become increasingly common, so too do those with reduced registers, fewer strings, and fretless fingerboards. Furthermore, as we approach the mark of the first quarter-century, the role of technology in relation to the guitar's protean nature is proving key, from the use of external effects units to synergies with computers and AR headsets. Such wide-ranging evolutions and augmentations of the guitar reflect the advancing creative and expressive needs of the modern guitarist and offer myriad new affordances.
21st Century Guitar examines the diverse physical manifestations of the guitar across the modern performative landscape through a series of essays and interviews. Academics, performers and dual-practitioners provide significant insights into the rich array of guitar-based performance practices emerging and thriving in this century, inviting a reassessment of the guitar's identity, physicality and sound-creating possibilities.

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Introduction by Richard Perks and John McGrath

  1. John SchneiderThe Well-Tuned Guitar
  2. Richard PerksTransforming the Microtonal Fingerboard: 'Small' Frets, LEGO and Robots – Interview with Tolgahan Çogulu
  3. Richard PerksThe Expanding Fretless Guitarscape: Practice and Progress
  4. Richard PerksTouching the Apple Without Gloves – Interview with Cenk Erdogan
  5. Tom WilliamsExtended Range Instruments: Towards a New Organology of the Guitar
  6. Richard PerksI Should Have Just Learned How to Play the Organ – Interview with Charlie Hunter
  7. Katalin KoltaiThe Transformed Space of the Ligeti Guitar
  8. Robert StrachanGrains, Glitches and Infinite Space: Guitar Effects Pedals, Digitization and Textural Guitar Aesthetics
  9. John McGrathThe Sonic Maelstrom – Interview with Nels Cline
  10. John McGrath“Something Seems Wrong, Should That Be Happening?”: Avantfolk Guitar and Glitch Aesthetics, a Practice-Based Perspective
  11. John McGrathA Field of Reactivity: Moog Guitar and Experimental Systems – Interview with Bill Thompson
  12. Milton MermikidesThe Digital Fretboard: Remapping and Relearning the Guitar's Pitch Matrix with MIDI and Max/MSP
  13. Amy BrandonAugmented Reality Guitars: Extended Instruments and Notation for a 21st Century Practice



1. Richard Perks and John McGrath (ed.), «21st Century Guitar. Evolutions and Augmentations», New York, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2023, 296 pages, 104 bw illus. ISBN 9781501373299. Hardback $ 108,00 Ebook $ 86,40

2. Richard Perks es profesor titular de interpretación musical en la University of Kent, Reino Unido, y profesor asociado de música en el Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, UK, Reino Unido. Es un destacado exponente de la guitarra eléctrica sin trastes y ha actuado en todo el mundo. Sus publicaciones recientes han explorado las amplias posibilidades de interpretación de la guitarra eléctrica sin trastes, la musicología/análisis centrada en la guitarra, la combinación de composición con improvisación y la colaboración intercultural.

3. John McGrath es profesor titular de música en la University of Surrey, UK, y subdirector del International Guitar Research Centre (IGRC). Es autor de Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music (2018) y también es un guitarrista activo. Sus recientes actuaciones incluyen un set en solitario en Kings Place, Londres, y sus composiciones han sido transmitidas y proyectadas internacionalmente.

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