Unlocking the Groove

Featuring contributions from Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Underworld, DJ Shiva and Spoololife’s Jimmi Journey, author Mark Butler’s book “Unlocking the Groove” won the Certificate of Merit for Best Research in Recorded Popular Music 2007 by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Unlocking the Groove is a groundbreaking, award-winning, music-driven analysis of electronic dance music (EDM). Author Mark Butler interweaves traditional and non-traditional musical analysis with consideration of the genre’s history and social significance, deconstructing several typical examples of electronic dance music and focusing on the interaction of beat and rhythmic structure in creating an overall musical design.

Interviews with DJs, listeners, and producers flesh out the book, providing insight into the perceptions and performance world of EDM, making a vivid case for the musical artistry of EDM disc jockeys. The CD included with the book illustrates the analysis with multiple musical examples, both in excerpts and full songs. Butler’s work propels the study of popular music in exciting new directions, and will impact the range from popular music studies, music theory, ethnomusicology, and musicology.

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