Unlocking the Groove

Unlocking the Groove : Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music

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Unlocking the Groove is a groundbreaking, award-winning, music-driven analysis of electronic dance music (EDM). Author Mark Butler interweaves traditional and non-traditional musical analysis with consideration of the genre's history and social significance, deconstructing several typical examples of electronic dance music and focusing on the interaction of beat and rhythmic structure in creating an overall musical design. Interviews with DJs, listeners, and producers flesh out the book, providing insight into the perceptions and performance world of EDM, and making a vivid case for the musical artistry of EDM disc jockeys. The CD included with the book illustrates the analysis with multiple musical examples, both in excerpts and full songs. Butler's work propels the study of popular music in exciting new directions, and will impact the range from popular music studies, music theory, ethnomusicology, and musicology.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 71 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253218047
  • 9780253218049
  • 365,712

Review quote

"This richly textured study provides brilliant insights into the rhythmic, metrical, and social dimensions of electronic dance music...."" -Ellie M. Hisama, Columbia University "Unlocking the Groove is a remarkable achievement and an important contribution to the study of popular music and culture. Combining keen analysis, clear prose, and an unabashed love for electronic dance music, Mark Butler unlocks for us a rich musical world, one that has not until now received the attention it deserves. This book belongs in the hands of... anyone who wants to know how music sweeps us on to our feet."" -Mark Katz, author of Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Musicshow more

About Mark J. Butler

Mark J. Butler is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. He is recipient of the Society of American Music's 2005 Housewright Award for his work on electronic dance music. He lives in Philadelphia.show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsPart I. Getting into the Groove: Approaching the Study of Electronic Dance MusicIntroductionChapter 1. The History and Creation of Electronic Dance MusicChapter 2. Conceptualizing Rhythm and Meter in Electronic Dance MusicPart II. Electronic Dance Music and Interpretive MultiplicityChapter 3. AmbiguityChapter 4. Metrical DissonancePart III. Electronic Dance Music and the EpicChapter 5. Multimeasure PatterningChapter 6. Form from the Record to the SetAfterword: Unlocking the GrooveAppendix A. Technical Issues Related to Analysis and TranscriptionAppendix B. Technical Issues Related to Field ResearchAppendix C. Transcriptions of Tracks Discussed in Chapters 5 and 6Glossary of Terms from Electronic Dance Music and Music TheoryReferencesDiscographyIndexCD Tracks1. Example 2.4a. Jeff Mills, "Jerical" (0.18)2. Example 2.4b. Jeff Mills, "Jerical" (0.10)3. Example 2.4c. Jeff Mills, "Jerical" (0.10)4. Example 2.4d. Jeff Mills, "Jerical" (0.17)5. Example 2.4e. Jeff Mills, "Jerical" (0.25)6. Example 2.8. 808 State, "Cubik (Kings County Perspective)," mm. 112 (0.28)7. Example 2.15. Plastikman, "Panikattack" (0.19)8. Example 2.17. Plastikman, "Panikattack" (1.42)9. Example 3.1. Carl Craig, "Televised Green Smoke," mm. 115 (0.19)10. Example 3.2. James Ruskin, "Connected," opening loops (0.19)11. Example 3.3. James Ruskin, "Connected," second textural combination (0.46)12. Example 3.6. Carl Craig, "Televised Green Smoke," mm. 1631 (0.19)13. Example 3.8. Kenny Larkin, "Track," opening (0.24)14. Example 3.9. Kenny Larkin, "Track" (0.18)15. Example 3.10. Kenny Larkin, "Track" (0.32)16. Example 3.11. Kenny Larkin, "Track" (0.38)17. Example 3.12. Kenny Larkin, "Track" (0.25)18. Example 4.4. Underworld, "Cups" (0.18)19. Example 4.5. Underworld, "Cups," entrance of drumbeat (0.11)20. Example 4.6. Underworld, "Cups" (0.18)21. Example 4.7. Underworld, "Cups" (0.18)22. Example 4.8. Mario Piu, "Communication," mm. 93118 (0.50)23. Example 4.9. Mario Piu, "Communication," mm. 11730 (0.26)24. Example 4.10. Carl Craig, "Televised Green Smoke," turning the beat around (0.24)25. Example 4.11. Kenny Larkin, "Track" (0.23)26. Example 4.17. James Ruskin, "Connected," embedded grouping dissonance (0.17)27. Example 4.19. James Ruskin, "Connected," displaced embedded grouping dissonance (0.25)28. Example 5.2. 808 State, "Cubik (Kings County Perspective)," mm. 13138 (0.19)29. Example 5.3. 808 State, "Cubik (Kings County Perspective)," mm. 1724 (0.20)30. Example 5.6. Underworld, "Cups" (0.22)31. Carl Craig, "Televised Green Smoke," complete (6.19)32. James Ruskin, "Connected," complete (5.42)33. Kenny Larkin, "Track," complete (6.50)34. Mario Piu, "Communication (Mas Mix)," complete (7.17)35. Plastikman, "Panikattack," complete (8.43)36. Underworld, "Cups," complete (11.45)show more

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