An Analysis of Virtuality in the Creation and Reception of the Music of Frank Zappa

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Abstract

The problems associated with the “representational” nature of music has been a feature of musicology and Western thought for many years, with authors such as Eduard Hanslick highlighting how music’s “beauty” lies in its formal structure as opposed to containing or purveying any inherent emotionality. In more recent times, academics such as Davies, Moore, and Zak have all elaborated on how recording technology has added to the complex ways in which music and musicians interact with time, place, and space; to a certain extent all popular music can be considered “virtual.” This chapter discusses the creation and reception of the music of Frank Zappa, who purposively employed techniques to philosophically position his output in a virtual dimension. It draws on Zappa’s own vocabulary, in addition to a range of thinkers (including those highlighted here) to Plato, Paul Weiss, and Schopenhauer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality
EditorsSheila Whitely, Shara Rambarran
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages81-94
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780199321285
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
EventThe International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK & Ireland) Biennial Conference: Popular Music: Creativity, Practice and Praxis - University of Sussex and the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (Brighton), Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sept 201610 Sept 2016
http://www.iaspm.org.uk/conference2016/

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press

Conference

ConferenceThe International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK & Ireland) Biennial Conference
Abbreviated titleIASPM UK and Ireland Biennial Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period8/09/1610/09/16
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Keywords

  • Frank Zappa
  • virtuality
  • perdurantism
  • musicology
  • ontological
  • recording technology
  • time
  • space
  • place

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