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Anne Danielsen: Rhythm and groove in African-American popular music

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A doctoral colloquium by Anne Danielson, University of Oslo.

  • Seminar
When Mar 27, 2017
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where A832, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St W
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Anne Danielsen is Professor of Musicology at the University of Oslo. She has published widely on rhythms and groove in post-war African-American popular music and is the author of Presence and Pleasure: The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament (Wesleyan, 2006), Digital Signatures: The Impact of Digitalization on Popular Music Sound (co-authored with Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen, MIT Press, 2016), and the editor of the collected volume Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Ashgate/Routledge, 2010). She is currently running a five year multidisciplinary research project entitled Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm, funded by the Research Council of Norway.


Rhythm and groove are at the heart of many African-American musical traditions. This lecture presents a theoretical framework for the analysis of musical rhythm in popular music and demonstrates various computer-aided techniques for analysing groove at the micro rhythmic level. The lecture includes several musical examples - from James Brown's classic funk of the late 1960s to contemporary R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop.

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