Albin J. Zak III

in The Poetics of Rock

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218093
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928152 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the common conflation of elements that so often distorts the view of what a record actually is. Record making is a compositional process that produces musical works. Most recorded songs can easily be separated from their specific contexts and performed in any number of ways; arrangements are often dependent upon the particularities of the recording. Analytical division between track and arrangement may sometimes be artificial and misleading. Anyone involved in making a record is a potential contributor to the arrangement, which may, in its final form, represent many modes of musical creativity. Records represent more than musical thought. They also encompass musical utterances and sonic relationships—material—whose particularity is immutable and thus essential to the work's identity.

Keywords: tracks; musical scores; compositional decision; songs

Chapter.  9439 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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