Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time

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What is the relationship between music and time? How does rhythm express our social experience of time? In Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time, Mark Abel explains the rise to prominence in Western music of a new way of organising rhythm - groove. He provides a historical account of its emergence around the turn of the twentieth century and analyses the musical components which make it work.
Drawing on materialist interpretations of art and culture, Abel engages with aesthetic arguments, challenging Adorno's critique of popular music in particular. He concludes that groove does not simply reflect the temporality of contemporary society, but, by incorporating abstract time into its very structure, is capable of effecting a critique of it.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChicago
Number of pages275
ISBN (Print)9781608464845
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Publication series

NameHistorical Materialism Book Series

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    Abel, M. (2016). Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time. (Historical Materialism Book Series). Haymarket.