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Framing jazz: thoughts on representation and embodiment (2016)
Book Chapter
Elsdon, P. (2016). Framing jazz: thoughts on representation and embodiment. In B. Heile, P. Elsdon, & J. Doctor (Eds.), Watching jazz: Encounters with jazz performance on screen, 37-56. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347650.003.0002

Abstract: Audiovisual representations of jazz performances provide us with more information than audio recordings. The camera not only allows us access to music performances, it also constructs vantage points by framing its subjects in specific ways.... Read More

Embodied listening and the music of Sigur Ros (2013)
Journal Article
Elsdon, P. (in press). Embodied listening and the music of Sigur Ros. Popular musicology, ISSN 1357-0951

In 1990 Susan McClary and Robert Walser appealed for a musicology which could account for the effects of rock, or as they put it: ‘a greater willingness to try to circumscribe an effect metaphorically, to bring one’s own experience as a human being t... Read More

Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts (2008)
Journal Article
Elsdon, P. (2008). Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts. Jazz Perspectives, 2(1), (51-67). doi:10.1080/17494060801949000. ISSN 1749-4060

This article outlines an approach to analysing Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations. I explore an approach based on topical theory, suggesting that Jarrett seems to employ a range of recognisable styles as a means of creating formal architecture. Usin... Read More

Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts (2008)
Journal Article
Elsdon, P. (2008). Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts. Jazz Perspectives, 2(1), (51 - 67). doi:10.1080/17494060801949000. ISSN 1749-4060

This article outlines an approach to analysing Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations. I explore an approach based on topical theory, suggesting that Jarrett seems to employ a range of recognisable styles as a means of creating formal architecture. Usin... Read More

The potential of the jazz record
Book
Elsdon, P. The potential of the jazz record

It is often said there is no jazz without the record, or that the history of jazz is in fact the story of recordings. Such positions always recall the limits of the record, compared to the live experience. And yet, for many listeners, the most import... Read More