Fri Feb 15
Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo)
The impact of digitization on rhythm and groove in African-American popular music
3:30 pm, Room 400B
4th Floor, Music Building
Rhythm and groove are at the heart of many African-American musical traditions. In this lecture, I will discuss the ways in which creative use of new digital technology has changed how music sounds. As my examples I will use contemporary African-American popular music that have been produced through unorthodox application of the digital audio workstation. I will also touch upon how sound processing can be used to alter the perceived timing of rhythmic events.
Anne Danielsen is Professor of Musicology and Director of RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo. She has published widely on rhythm, digital technology, and mediation in post-war popular music and is the author of Presence and Pleasure: The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament (2006), Digital Signatures: The Impact of Digitization on Popular Music Sound (with Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen, 2016), and the editor of Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction (2010).