Dr Emily Payne launches new book
The Oxford Handbook of Time in Music (edited by Mark Doffman, Emily Payne and Toby Young), explores the centrality of time to our understanding of music and music-making and offers perspectives on time in music.
As the art that calls most attention to temporality, music provides us with profound insight into the nature of time, and time equally offers us one of the richest lenses through which to interrogate musical practice and thought. In this volume, musical time, arrayed across a spectrum of genres and performance/compositional contexts is explored from a multiplicity of perspectives.
The contributions to the volume all register the centrality of time to our understanding of music and music-making and offer perspectives on time in music, particularly though not exclusively attending to contemporary forms of musical work. In sharing insights drawn from philosophy, music theory, ethnomusicology, psychology of performance and cultural studies, the book articulates a range of understandings on the metrics, politics and socialites woven into musical time.
The Oxford Handbook of Time in Music is currently out in a digital format and will be available as a hard copy next month.