Groove: a Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance by Tiger C. RoholtGroove: a Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance by Tiger C. Roholt

Groove: a Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance

byTiger C. Roholt

Paperback | September 25, 2014

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Written by an experienced drummer and philosopher, Groove is a vivid and exciting study of one of music's most central and relatively unexplored aspects. Tiger C. Roholt explains why grooves, which are forged in music's rhythmic nuances, remain hidden to some listeners. He argues that grooves are not graspable through the intellect nor through mere listening; rather, grooves are disclosed through our bodily engagement with music. We grasp a groove bodily by moving with music's pulsations. By invoking the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty's notion of "motor intentionality," Roholt shows that the "feel" of a groove, and the understanding of it, are two sides of a coin: to "get" a groove just is to comprehend it bodily and to feel that embodied comprehension.
Tiger C. Roholt is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Montclair State University, USA and is author of Key Terms in Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).
Title:Groove: a Phenomenology of Rhythmic NuanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 25, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441104186

ISBN - 13:9781441104182

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Musical Nuance Chapter 2. Perceiving Chapter 3. The Body Chapter 4. Groove in Music

Editorial Reviews

Roholt provides an eminently approachable study of a commonplace phenomenon in music-groove, or the rhythmic feel of music that makes listeners want to move. The author is a professional drummer as well as a philosopher, and he does an excellent job of combining philosophy and musical experience. The study will be particularly useful in introducing music students to the phenomenology of music and recent developments in music psychology. The argument is lucid yet sophisticated, and the groove phenomenon is so universal and appreciable that the book has excellent interdisciplinary potential. The useful bibliography-a blend of music, philosophy, and psychology titles-could make the backbone for a graduate seminar. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.