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Pop music: technology and creativity: Trevor Horn and the digital revolution

Warner, T 2003, Pop music: technology and creativity: Trevor Horn and the digital revolution , Popular and folk music series , Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Aldershot.

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Abstract

This highly original and accessible book draws on the author’s personal experience as a musician, producer and teacher of popular music to discuss the ways in which audio technology and musical creativity in pop music are inextricably bound together. This relationship, the book argues, is exemplified by the work of Trevor Horn, who is widely acknowledged as the most important, innovative and successful British pop record producer of the early 1980s. In the first part of the book, Timothy Warner presents a definition of pop as distinct from rock music, and goes on to consider the ways technological developments, such as the transition from analogue to digital, transform working practices and, as a result, impact on the creative process of producing pop. Part two analyses seven influential recordings produced by Trevor Horn between 1979 and 1985: 'Video Killed the Radio Star' (The Buggles), 'Buffalo Gals' (Malcolm McClaren),'Owner of a Lonely Heart' (Yes), 'Relax' (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), 'Slave to the Rhythm' (Grace Jones), and albums by The Art of Noise and Propaganda. These records reveal how the creative use of technology in the modern pop recording studio has informed Horn’s work, a theme that is then explored in an extensive interview with Horn himself.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Subjects / Themes > M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Popular and folk music series
ISBN: 9780754631323
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 09:44
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531

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