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Title: The 6-string electric bass: approaches to the development of stylistic flexibility in a range of roles in improvisation environments
Author: Jermyn , Simon Henry Francis
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 4573
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2016
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The focus of this research has been, and continues to be, the development and expansion of an original approach and language on the 6-string electric bass that would be both robust and flexible enough to function in almost any role, regardless of genre or instrumentation. This PhD is the first scholarly investigation of the 6-string electric bass in the academic world. In addition to extensive technical information this research deals with larger more conceptual concerns to do with this young instrument as well as introducing a large body of original recorded work. During the four years of this research program I have developed new methodologies and approaches to practice as a means of exploring the research questions that drive the work. In addition to this I have performed and recorded with many internationally significant musicians and groups spanning many styles and aesthetic concerns. The 6-string electric bass is a very young instrument with enormous potential, relatively little history and the subject of no academic discourse to date. Although the 4-string electric bass and to a lesser extent the 5-string electric bass have some historic precedent particularly in many forms of popular music, the 6-string electric bass has only been made use of in a limited manner in various sub-genres of music. Although what I deal with here could be considered part of a number of sub-genres, these are not areas where this instrument in its short history so far has been made much use of at all, despite it being ideal for so many of these settings. At this point in my development I believe I have developed original and significant approaches to 6-string electric bass roles and that this is borne out in the video footage and audio recordings that make up my recorded submission. In this submission I present rigorous interrogation of the research questions that drive the investigation, provide detailed discussion of my practice-based research methodologies, demonstrate original techniques and approaches to performance, and offer a thorough analysis of the significance of the findings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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