Arts

Smile If You Dare: Politics and Pointy Hats With The Pet Shop Boys

A creative analysis of the The Pet Shop Boys’ fifth album “Very,” Smile If You Dare examines topics as diverse as technological paradise, sexual paranoia and representations of class in British pop music. As well as a keen critical edge, itis equipped with an undisguised mad love for the source material, a sense of passionate abandon induced by the tragic/ecstatic synth-pop that pours out of the speakers.

Music as Image: Analytical psychology and music in film

Through a theoretical and practical exploration of Jungian and post-Jungian concepts surrounding image, this book moves beyond the visual scope of imagery to consider the presence and expression of music and sound, as well as how the psyche encounters expanded images – archetypal, personal or cultural – on both conscious and unconscious levels. By closely examining music in film, Nagari considers music’s complementary, enhancing, meaningful, and sometimes disruptive, contribution to expressive images.

I Want to Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom

"Danielle Goldman's contribution to the theory and history of improvisation in dance is rich, beautiful and extraordinary. In her careful, rigorously imaginative analysis of the discipline of choreography in real time, Goldman both compels and allows us to become initiates in the mysteries of flight and preparation. She studies the massive volitional resources that one unleashes in giving oneself over to being unleashed. It is customary to say of such a text that it is 'long-awaited' or 'much anticipated'; because of Goldman's work we now know something about the potenza, the kinetic explosion, those terms carry. Reader, get ready to move and be moved."---Fred Moten, Duke University

Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity

How does the constant presence of music in modern life—on iPods, in shops and elevators, on television—affect the way we listen? With so much of this sound, whether imposed or chosen, only partially present to us, is the act of listening degraded by such passive listening? In Ubiquitous Listening, Anahid Kassabian investigates the many sounds that surround us and argues that this ubiquity has led to different kinds of listening. Kassabian argues for a new examination of the music we do not normally hear (and by implication, that we do), one that examines the way it is used as a marketing tool and a mood modulator, and exploring the ways we engage with this music.

The Photographers Guide to Drones

Consumer drones and quadcopters have become the hottest new gear in photography, whether you're a professional photographer or an amateur shooter. These "flying tripods" have given photographers the ability to place their cameras virtually anywhere they want, creating still images and video footage that were previously impossible to capture. Many photographers have a drone or quadcopter right at the top of their "I want" list. And many others have already purchased a drone a bit ahead of the curve. No matter what model one may own--DJI, 3DR, Yuneec, GoPro--all of these photographers need to learn how to put this new gear to good use in their aerial photography.

Common Space: The City as Commons

How often do we consider the availability of shared, public space in our daily lives? Governmental efforts in place—such as anti-homeless spikes, slanted bus benches, and timed sprinklers—are all designed to discourage use of already severely limited public areas. How we interact with space in a modern context, particularly in urban settings, can feel increasingly governed and blocked off from common everyday encounters.  With Common Space, activist and architect Stavros Stavrides calls for a reconceiving of public and private space in the modern age.

Dinner with Lenny

Features a complete account of the author's twelve-hour interview with Bernstein one year before the classical music personality's death in 1990.

LaTeX: Beginners Guide: Create high-quality and professional-looking texts, articles, and books for business and science using LaTeX

When there's a scientific or technical paper to write, the versatility of LaTeX is very attractive. But where can you learn about the software? The answer is this superb beginner's guide, packed with examples and explanations. Overview Use LaTeX's powerful features to produce professionally designed texts Install LaTeX; download, set up, and use additional styles, templates, and tools Typeset math formulas and scientific expressions to the highest standards Include graphics and work with figures and tables Benefit from professional fonts and modern PDF features In Detail LaTeX is high-quality Open Source typesetting software that produces professional prints and PDF files.

New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic and Myth

Music, magic and myth are elements essential to the identities of New Orleans musicians. The city's singular contributions to popular music around the world have been unrivaled; performing this music authentically requires collective improvisation, taking performers on sonorous sojourns in unanticipated, 'magical' moments; and membership in the city's musical community entails participation in the myth of New Orleans, breathing new life into its storied traditions. On the basis of 56 open-ended interviews with those in the city's musical community, Michael Urban discovers that, indeed, community is what it is all about

Rhetoric of Modern Death in American Living Dead Films

Zombies, vampires, and mummies are frequent stars of American horror films. But what does their cinematic omnipresence and audiences’ hunger for such films tell us about American views of death? Here, Outi Hakola investigates the ways in which American living-dead films have addressed death through different narrative and rhetorical solutions during the twentieth century.  She focuses on films from the 1930s, including Dracula, The Mummy, and White Zombie, films of the 1950s and 1960s such as Night of the Living Dead and The Return of Dracula, and more recent fare like Bram Stoker’s

Renaissance Porn Star

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR RENAISSANCE PORN STARTHE SAGA OF PIETRO ARETINO: THE WORLD'S GREATEST HUSTLERSex, drugs, and the Medicis. A story of murder, revenge, art, pornography, and celebration with anall-star cast of characters: Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, a klatch of mafi a-don-style popes, and Shakespeare. A tale that turns deep, deep erudition into exquisite sweets for the heart andmind.—Howard Bloom, author of The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of CapitalismIf Jan Wenner had given Hunter S

Infinite Music Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making

A new system for imagining music, built on the infnite possibilities of twenty-first century technology.

 

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