In this webtext the author(s) will explore the process of writing, recording, and producing a song, within a group of musicians & sound engineers who have all be fostered/encouraged in some way through participation in a "music community" in Kalamazoo, MI. The goal of the project is threefold: (1) To actually explore the timeline of production (an EP-length set of songs) with the group, who are all working from "amateur" status -- learning the tools, practices, and skills as they compose; (2) to explore (through short video vignettes) how this particular production has been shaped by participation in the community over the last several years; (3) To explore the artifact (one of the songs) in more detail, unpacking how each member of the group adds to not only the overall practice, but to their understanding of the music and their own musical skills.
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the origins [l8mRGcEZsOg].mp4 (2837 kB)
Video/MP4: Kevin Hamman explains the origins of the song.
Transcript of the Origins - Kevin Hamman explains the origins of the song (1 kB)
the group's musical tools [nYK5hm4ywX4].mp4 (11627 kB)
Video/MP4: Members of the group talk about the tools they used in order to participate in the project—both skills they brought with them and skills they learned in the making.
Transcript-the-groups-musical-tools.txt (4 kB)
crafting the group's community [_lRoYGvfDEk].mp4 (12127 kB)
Video/MP4: Members talk about their understanding of what it might mean to “craft community.”
Transcript_Crafting_Community.docx (146 kB)
crafting ＂I'll Know When I Get There＂ [iDR0hm5VJ7s].mp4 (8786 kB)
Video/MP4: Chris and Kevin talk about the activities involved in making and mixing the tracks.
Transcript_I'll_Know_When_I_Get_There.docx (122 kB)
sound_file_1_Acoustic_guitar_and_lead_vocals.mp3 (3527 kB)
sound_file_2_Electric_guitars_only.mp3 (3527 kB)
sound_file_3_background_vocals.mp3 (3531 kB)
sound_file_4_Percussion_and_Bass.mp3 (3527 kB)
sound_file_5_complete_song_I'll_know_when_I_get_there.mp3 (3364 kB)
Song_Lyrics_I'll_Know_When_I_Get_There.docx (45 kB)
Walker, Joyce Reenste
"Crafting a Music Community: Making Music and Musicians in Concert,"
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