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Ways of ListeningAn Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning$
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Eric F. Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151947.001.0001

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Jimi Hendrix's “Star Spangled Banner”

Jimi Hendrix's “Star Spangled Banner”

(p.48) 2 Jimi Hendrix's “Star Spangled Banner”
Ways of Listening

Eric F. Clarke

Oxford University Press

This chapter is focused on an analysis and discussion of the soundtrack of Jimi Hendrix's performance at Woodstock of the “Star Spangled Banner”. This sound recording is used as a more extended demonstration of the ways in which the ideas introduced in the previous chapter can be applied to music. It is argued that the approach can be used to identify a general character of “instability” functioning in the recording in three domains: the domain of sound events; the domain of musical materials; and the domain of cultural practices. All three of these are specified in sound relative to suitably enculturated listeners.

Keywords:   America, instability, noise, guitar, performance

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