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BILL BRUFORD — Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer Hardback (signed)

Uncharted .. Creativity and the Expert Drummer Hardback (signed)

                                                BILL BRUFORD
Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer Hardback (signed)
Format: book/magazine
Description:
✹      Bill Bruford’s Uncharted explores the creativity involved in the way drummers make things work, make things matter, and make sense of both.
✹      The book draws on interviews with nine top drummers — including Peter Erskine, Chad Wackerman and Dylan Howe — and Bruford’s own experience.
✹      What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from original research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, Bruford demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in~the~moment interactional processes in music.
✹      An expert practitioner himself, Dr. Bruford draws on a cohort of internationally renowned, peak~career professionals and his own experience to guide the reader through the many dimensions of creativity in drummer performance.
✹      282 page hardback book
✹      All copies come signed by Bill Bruford.
Product details:
Series: Tracking Pop
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: University of Michigan Press (January 17, 2018)
Language: English
✹      Nikdo si neuvědomuje, že někteří lidé vynakládají obrovskou energii, jen aby byli normální. Renomovaný jazz&rock drummer Bill Bruford analyzuje tvůrčí procesy bubnování pomocí vlastních zkušeností, poznatků, hlubšího vhledu, pochopení, porozumění a zkušeností dalších slavných hudebních odborníků. Jejich společně sdílené znalosti a pohled do věci je nesmírně cenný.
Adrian Belew said it’s very likely to go ahead without your involvement.
✹      Okay, well that’s fine. Thanks Adrian. And the reason I’m not involved is because of course, I’m a little difficult for Robert Fripp. Robert is better with sweet, smiling Americans, who don’t really know what he’s talking about. [laughs] Unfortunately, I know exactly what he’s talking about and I’m not invited.
Birth name: William Scott Bruford
Born: 17 May 1949, Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Genres: Progressive rock instrumental rock jazz fusion
Reviews:
What’s it about?
✹      The book is an exploration of the creativity involved in the way drummers make things work, make things matter, and make sense of both. It draws on interviews with nine top drummers and Bruford’s own experience to improve understanding in collaborative popular music performance. What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from original research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, the author demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in~the~moment interactional processes in music.
Why buy?
✹      “If you’re an instrumentalist” recommends Bill, “give it to the nearest drummer, so he or she knows what drummers are for. If you’re a drummer give it to the other people in your band, so they know what drummers are for. And get a copy for yourself, so you know what drummers are for!”
What do they think?
✹      “I would urge anyone coming to this book from knowing Bill’s music to trust in him as an author as they did in him as a player; there are so many ideas and perspectives articulated in this book that it takes us well beyond what it means to be a drummer, important as that is.” — Marc Doffman, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford.
✹      “… an intelligent, thought~provoking treatise on the notion of creativity in Western popular music. Over the course of a number of interviews and case studies involving expert drummers, Bill Bruford examines how such practitioners approach and understand creativity. In the process, he crafts a relational processual model for understanding creativity and the creative process for real~time interactive performing arts (theatre, dance, music). The result is a fascinating and rewarding read that will surely affect players and listeners alike as they think about the concept of finding ‘creative meaning in making it work and making it matter.’” — Rob Bowman, Grammy Award Winning Professor of Music
✹      “After forty years of creating professional music, pretty much all of it to his taste (passing rare), Bill Bruford has laid down the torches — and tried to capture their flame in words. Begin by running your eyes down the list of Bill’s collaborators. The expert performers and teachers will attract any reader with more than a passing affection for music. Simply put, it is a lights~out masterpiece of useful insight and passionate, reflective wisdom.” — Neil Peart, former drummer and lyricist, Rush
✹      “It is no surprise to find Dr. Bruford so eloquently putting into language that which springs from such a non~linguistic source. Bill’s scholarly insights matched with a career’s~worth of personal experience shed an authoritative light on the creative role of the drummer. In today’s world of computer~generated rhythmic music, how wonderful to tap into this most organic and visceral element in music’s heritage, and deepen our appreciation of this immense creativity, past and present.” — Tim Garland
✹      “The contributions of the wide~ranging active percussionists Bruford surveyed will make this an important primary document for future researchers examining the role of drummers in group improvisation, the recording process, and more.” — Kevin Holm~Hudson, University of Kentucky
✹      “The author cites relevant scholarly work, his roster of drum experts is beyond question (including himself), but most importantly, the insights he synthesizes from his source material are both original and valuable.” — Shaugn O’Donnell, The City College, CUNY
✹      “The book lives up to its expectations. Drawing on his own insider’s knowledge and extensive interviews with an impressive roster of expert drummers about the nature of creativity and what it means to them, Bruford has produced a brilliant ethnography of professional drummers and drumming culture in the rock era.” — Mark Spicer, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center
✹      Bill Bruford spent a working life as an internationally known musician and teacher before starting to investigate aspects of creativity in popular music performance. Having earned his PhD from the University of Surrey in 2016, he now writes and lectures on the topic. Dr. Bruford was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group Yes in 2017.
Praise / Awards:
✹      “An extremely interesting read, which has the merit of analyzing in depth, as never before, the point of view of the performer regarding the theme of creativity in music.” — MusicOff
✹      “The book is reminiscent of a semester in college spent in the thrall of a favorite professor/lecturer. Bruford traded his sticks — and perhaps his iconic status — for the persona of a scholarly educator, confidently striding through a term’s worth of dense, theoretical material, consistently making points filled with “ah hah” moments, and dazzling impressionable undergraduates with the depth and breadth of his knowledge.” — All About Jazz
✹      “Uncharted is a fascinating, forensic look at creativity and collaboration, with reverberations that go far beyond the world of music.” — Moving the River
About the Author:
✹      Bill Bruford spent a working life as an internationally known musician and teacher before starting to investigate aspects of creativity in popular music performance. Having earned his PhD from the University of Surrey in 2016, he now writes and lectures on the topic. Dr. Bruford was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group Yes in 2017.
Biography:
✹      By the tender age of 27, Bill Bruford’s musical character had already been forged in the fiery furnace of four of the biggest progressive rock groups of all time; Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, and UK. By nature a restless innovator uncomfortable with the well~worn path, Bill went on to a fascinating 40~year career as a band leader and writer with his groups Bruford and Earthworks. His taste for the unpredictable in live performance has led him to collaborations with countless of the world’s top rock and jazz musicians, in an endless search for the innovative, the unusual, and the unlikely. His work is well documented at Summerfold and Winterfold Records, and in his book Bill Bruford: The Autobiography, published by Jawbone Press.
Discography:
✹  Yes: 10 albums
✹  King Crimson: 16 albums
✹  U.K.: 3 albums
✹  Bill Bruford: 1 album
✹  Bruford: 5 albums
✹  Duo with Patrick Moraz: 3 albums
✹  Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: 3 albums
✹  Earthworks: 10 albums
✹  Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez: 1 album
✹  Bruford Levin Upper Extremities: 2 albums
✹  Duo with Michiel Borstlap: 3 albums
✹  Annette Peacock Bill Bruford Chris Spedding ...: 1 album
✹  Orchestral project with Steve Howe and Jon Anderson: 1 album
✹  Appearances: 36 albums
Summary: 95 albums
Notes:
✹  Bill Bruford is releasing an 8~disc archive box set celebrating the Bruford band. Seems Like A Lifetime Ago 1977 ~ 1980 will also feature new stereo and surround sound mixes by Jakko Jakszyk.
Thus sayeth the blurb ~
✹   A new 8~disc limited edition set of previously unreleased, remixed, or remastered material from the Bruford band of the late 1970s, presented in a 12” box complete with 16~page colour booklet and a signed, numbered certificate of authentication. Four gatefold sleeves contain two discs each:
✹   Disc 1 DVD: Feels Good To Me: 5.1 surround sound mix and original 1978 mix remastered
✹   Disc 2 CD: Feels Good To Me: 2017 Jakko Jakszyk remix from original master tapes
✹   Disc 3 DVD: One of a Kind: 5.1 surround sound mix and original 1979 mix remastered plus additional audio
✹   Disc 4 CD: One of a Kind: 2017 Jakko Jakszyk remix from original master tapes
✹   Disc 5 CD: Gradually Going Tornado: remastered
✹   Disc 6 CD: The Bruford Tapes: remastered with bonus track
✹   Disc 7 CD: Live at the Venue: previously unreleased: recorded London 1980
✹   Disc 8 CD: The 4th Album Rehearsal Sessions: previously unreleased: eighteen sketches of new material recorded 1980
ALSO INCLUDES:
✹   16~page 12” booklet with a Sid Smith essay, new interviews with producer, engineer, band members, eyewitnesses and others, previously unseen archive visual material, and the complete band date sheet with contemporary critical reaction. Also two black and white 10” x 8” band photos, one A3 size colour poster accompanying ‘Live at the Venue’, and also includes one signed, numbered certificate of authentication. The boxed set is produced by Bill Bruford.
✹   Release date: of 28th October 2017
Website: https://billbruford.com/
Interview:
Bill Bruford
Splashing out, by Anil Prasad
✹  https://www.innerviews.org/inner/bruford.html
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BILL BRUFORD — Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer Hardback (signed)

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