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Music

Music, Media and Technologies

Nigel Martin (University of Derby) - Interpreting recontextualised guitar in contemporary popular music practice

09:10-10:40 - Session I: Digital technologies in studio and performance

Recent music styles such as electro-blues exemplify the juxtaposition of tradition and modern technology through the incorporation of textually signaled materials from the past into 21st century audio production environments and exist as an under explored area for study. The physical form of the guitar and the timbral range of the instrument expressed within countless live performances and recordings by pioneering musicians have contributed significantly to the widely accepted definitions of a plethora of popular music styles. As evolution in audio technologies associated with creative music practice continues to define new music styles, the recontextualisation of those key technologies strongly associated with traditions of the past alters the perception of music style and notions of authenticity in discourse of genre. I argue that such stylistic developments require new methods of analysis that encompass the influence of technological mediation in order to accurately re-assess the role of specific instrumentation and its meaningful reception in a contemporary context. Research here focuses on the role of the guitar in the context of recorded performance in popular music styles of both the 20th and 21st century from a largely historical perspective.