What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, Bill Bruford demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in-the-moment interactional processes in music. An expert practitioner himself, Dr. Bruford draws on a cohort of internationally renowned, peak-career professionals and his own experience to guide the reader through the many dimensions of creativity in drummer performance.
About the Author
Bill Bruford spent a working life as an internationally known musician and teacher before starting to investigate aspects of creativity in popular music performance. Having earned his PhD from the University of Surrey in 2016, he now writes and lectures on the topic. Dr. Bruford was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group Yes in 2017.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Setting Up 1
1 Action and Experience 20
2 Sinta and Roach: Two Modes of Performance 38
3 A Variety of Scripts: Performance in Context 53
4 The Biggest Challenge: Selecting Content 82
5 It's All What We Do with It: Constructing Difference 108
6 Reaching Others: Communicating Experience 128
7 I Never Heard It Before: Assessing Significance 165
8 The Experience That Disappears: Perceptions and Meaning 182
9 Breaking Down: Conclusions 206