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 PublicationLeiden, Netherlands
    Number of pages275
    ISBN (Print)9789004242937, 9781608464845
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

    Publication series

    NameHistorical Materialism Book Series


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