Playing to the Camera

Playing to the Camera

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Playing to the Camera is the first full-length study devoted to the musical performance documentary. Its scope ranges from rock concert films to experimental video art featuring modernist music. Unlike the qmusic underq produced for films by unseen musicians, on-screen qliveq performances show us the bodies that produce the sounds we hear. Exploring the link between moving images and musical movement as physical gesture, this volume asks why performance is so often derided as mere skill whereas composition is afforded the status of art, a question that opens onto a broader critique of attitudes regarding mental and physical labor in Western culture.--Publisher's website.Mark Anthony Neal identifies a#39;the heavy-sounding honking tenor saxophone as [ hard bopa#39;s] centerpiecea#39; (1999: 29), although ... In contrast to the lean, edgy timbre of the alto sax (Charlie Parkera#39;s instrument), the larger horna#39;s deeper, fatter tone perfectly suited the hard bop style. The music demanded of players both manual dexterity and lyrical expressivity: rapid eighth-note runs would alternate withanbsp;...

Title:Playing to the Camera
Author:Thomas Cohen
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-03-20


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