The contemporary acoustic guitar has developed from its origins in the ‘Spanish’ guitar to become a global instrument and the musical voice of a wide range of styles. The very ‘acousticity’ of the instrument positions it as a binary opposite to the electric guitar ano as a signifier for the organic and the natural world, artistry and maturity, eclecticism and the esoteric. In this concept-rooted submission, the acoustic and guitaristic nature of the instrument is considered in relation to a range of social, cultural and artistic concerns, and composition is used primarily to test a thesis, wherein a portfolio of original compositions, presented as recordings and understood as phonograms, comment upon and reflect upon modes of performativity: instrument specific performance, introspection, virtuosity, mediation by technology and performance subjectivities.
uk.bl.ethos.445577 Roderick Sinclair
Acoustic guitar practice and acousticity : establishing modalities of creative practice