The Hearing Eye Jazz and Blues Influences in African-American Visual Art

Graham Lock and David Murray, “The Hearing Eye: Jazz and Blues Influences in African-American Visual Art”
Donna Louise Gunn, “Discoveries from the Fortepiano: A Manual for Beginners and Seasoned Performers”
Consumer Dummies, “Guitar All-in-One For Dummies”
David M. Koenig, Delwin D. Fandrich, “Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds with Emphasis on the Piano”
V. J. Manzo, “Max/MSP/Jitter for Music: A Practical Guide to Developing Interactive Music Systems for Education and More”

Graham Lock and David Murray, “The Hearing Eye: Jazz and Blues Influences in African-American Visual Art”

The widespread presence of jazz and blues in African American visual art has long been overlooked. The Hearing Eye makes the case for recognizing the music’s importance, both as formal template and as explicit subject matter. Moving on from the use of iconic musical figures and motifs in Harlem Renaissance art, this groundbreaking collection explores the more allusive – and elusive – references to jazz and blues in a wide range of mostly contemporary visual artists.
There are scholarly essays on the painters Rose Piper (Graham Lock), Norman Lewis (Sara Wood), Bob Thompson (Richard H. King), Romare Bearden (Robert G. O’Meally, Johannes V:oltz) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Robert Farris Thompson), as well an account of early blues advertising art (Paul Oliver) and a discussion of the photographs of Roy DeCarava (Richard Ings). These essays are interspersed with a series of in-depth interviews by Graham Lock, who talks to quilter Michael Cummings and painters Sam Middleton, Wadsworth Jarrell, Joe Overstreet and Ellen Banks about their musical inspirations, and also looks at art’s reciprocal effect on music in conversation with saxophonists Marty Ehrlich and Jane Ira Bloom.
With numerous illustrations both in the book and on its companion website, The Hearing Eye reaffirms the significance of a fascinating and dynamic aspect of African American visual art that has been too long neglected.

Donna Louise Gunn, “Discoveries from the Fortepiano: A Manual for Beginners and Seasoned Performers”

Discoveries from the Fortepiano meets the demand for a manual on authentic Classical piano performance practice that is at once accessible to the performer and accurate to the scholarship. Uncovering a wide range of eighteenth-century primary sources, noted keyboard pedagogue Donna Gunn examines contemporary philosophical beliefs and principles surrounding Classical Era performance practices.Gunn introduces the reader to the Viennese fortepiano and compares its sonic and technical capabilities to the modern piano. In doing so, she demonstrates how understanding Classical fortepiano performance aesthetics can influence contemporary pianists, paying particular focus to technique, dynamics, articulation, rhythm, ornamentation, and pedaling.
The book is complete with over 100 music examples that illustrate concepts, as well as sample model lessons that demonstrate the application of Gunn’s historically informed style on the modern piano. Each example is available on the book’s companion website and is given three recordings: the first, a modern interpretation of the passage on a modern piano; the second, a fortepiano interpretation; and the third, a historically informed performance on a modern piano. With its in-depth yet succinct explanations and examples of the Viennese five-octave fortepiano and the nuances of Classical interpretation and ornamentation, Discoveries from the Fortepiano is an indispensable educational aid to any pianist who seeks an academically and artistically sound approach to the performance of Classical works.

Consumer Dummies, “Guitar All-in-One For Dummies”

Your comprehensive, hands-on guide to playing guitar
Have you always wanted to play the guitar? You can start today with these 8 minibooks. Covering both acoustic and electric guitar, this hands-on resource gives you all the instruction you need to play across multiple genres, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced guitarist. You’ll find plenty of tips for playing easier and more complex pieces — and for composing your own. Plus, you can play along with examples on the bonus CD!
Gear up to start playing — understand the different parts of a guitar, find the right guitar for you, string and tune the instrument, and develop basic playing skills
Immerse yourself in sounds and technique — play major and minor chords, master left- and right-hand techniques, and play melodies in position and double-stops
Get ready to rock! — from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to The Edge, see how the best play barre chords, hot licks, and sweet leads
Play the blues — explore rhythm and lead techniques, signature riffs, blues progressions, and the achievements of great blues guitarists
Go classical — learn about the history of classical guitar, combine arpeggios and melody, and sample different genres
Practice, practice, practice — try your hand at major scales, minor scales, and chord exercises to rev up stalled skills
Write songs and music — check out different song forms, understand modes, and compose with chords
Open the book and find:
Plenty of music examples and practice exercises
Musical styles and genres through the years
Correct hand position and posture
Basic playing techniques
Standard music notation and tablature
Tips for playing up the neck
Ways to solo and improvise leads
Different fingerstyles to play
Accessories for your guitar
A comprehensive guitar chord chart

David M. Koenig, Delwin D. Fandrich, “Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds with Emphasis on the Piano”

This book addresses the analysis of musical sounds from the viewpoint of someone at the intersection between physicists, engineers, piano technicians, and musicians.
The study is structured into three parts. The reader is introduced to a variety of waves and a variety of ways of presenting, visualizing, and analyzing them in the first part. A tutorial on the tools used throughout the book accompanies this introduction. The mathematics behind the tools is left to the appendices. Part Two provides a graphical survey of the classical areas of acoustics that pertain to musical instruments: vibrating strings, bars, membranes, and plates. Part Three is devoted almost exclusively to the piano. Several two- and three-dimensional graphical tools are introduced to study various characteristics of pianos: individual notes and interactions among them, the missing fundamental, inharmonicity, tuning visualization, the different distribution of harmonic power for the various zones of the piano keyboard, and potential uses for quality control. These techniques are also briefly applied to other musical instruments studied in earlier parts of the book.

V. J. Manzo, “Max/MSP/Jitter for Music: A Practical Guide to Developing Interactive Music Systems for Education and More”

In Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, expert author and music technologist V. J. Manzo provides a user-friendly introduction to a powerful programming language that can be used to write custom software for musical interaction. Through clear, step-by-step instructions illustrated with numerous examples of working systems, the book equips readers with everything they need to know in order to design and complete meaningful music projects. The book also discusses ways to interact with software beyond the mouse and keyboard through use of camera tracking, pitch tracking, video game controllers, sensors, mobile devices, and more. The book does not require any prerequisite programming skills, but rather walks readers through a series of small projects through which they will immediately begin to develop software applications for practical musical projects. As the book progresses, and as the individual’s knowledge of the language grows, the projects become more sophisticated.
This new and expanded second edition brings the book fully up-to-date including additional applications in integrating Max with Ableton Live. It also includes a variety of additional projects as part of the final three project chapters.
The book is of special value both to software programmers working in Max/MSP/Jitter and to music educators looking to supplement their lessons with interactive instructional tools, develop adaptive instruments to aid in student composition and performance activities, and create measurement tools with which to conduct music education research.

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