With the exposition of macro- and micro musical structures in popular music and their embedding in sociocultural practice and ways of thinking in modern societies, I want to contribute to a detailed reflection on motives for artistic activities and their reception.
In Brasilianische Grooves, I published a commercial version of my thesis presenting the results of field research spanning over two years in Salvador da Bahia. The books provides a detailed analysis of the microstructure of actual Brazilian rhythms and an interview-based study of the local music scene. The book in German language can be ordered here.
In Music Practices Across Borders – an anthology of articles was published by Transcript (Bielefeld, 2019) in collaboration with the Institute for Sociology of the University of Duisburg-Essen – I presented together with my colleague Chico Santana from São Paulo a method for analysing the musical differences between Brazilian and German percussion groups playing samba rhythms. We aim to ascertain what kinds of musical macro- and microstructures are subsumed under the term samba and how these structures differ in Germany and Brazil. The method is based on a model that connects musical performance forms with the concept of transcultural identity. The Book can be ordered here.
Here are some videos of the field recording sessions in Brazil: