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Drums and Bass: for tomorrows rhythm section

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for tomorrow’s rhythm section. Comprising of original music for drummers and bass players, with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Drum and Bass presents pieces that are of level 4 -6, and can be used in conjunction with diploma or undergraduate performance studies.

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Published Jan. 5, 2012

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 42

ISBN 978-1-86218-104-5

DOI 10.5920/drums.2012

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Explosions in November: the first 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Richard Steinitz
Explosions in November tells the story of one of Europe’s leading cultural institutions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf), through the eyes of its founder and former artistic director, Professor Richard Steinitz.

From its modest beginnings in 1978, when winter fog nearly sabotaged the inaugural programme, to today’s internationally renowned event, hcmf has been a pioneering champion of the best in contemporary music.

Now Richard Steinitz brings his insider view on the people behind the festival and how they made each year a success. He recalls his encounters with some true giants of music, including Boulez, Berio, Cage, Ligeti, Stockhausen and Xenakis. Discover how the author survived mushroom-hunting with John Cage, how the festival engineered a historic reconciliation between Cage and Pierre Boulez and how a ceiling fitting nearly brought Stockhausen’s career to a premature end. It is a compelling, inspiring and often entertaining story.

Explosions in November reveals the full picture of a festival that continues to surprise, delight and provoke its audiences to this day.
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Published Nov. 7, 2011

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 308

ISBN 978-1-86218-099-4

DOI 10.5920/explosions.2011

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Grooves for Guitar

Paul A Francis
Performance and recital repertoire for the aspiring guitarist. Comprising of original music with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the intermediate or graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Contains one CD
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Published May 1, 2012

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 22

ISBN 978-1-86218-105-2

DOI 10.5920/grooves.2012

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Noise in and as Music

Aaron Cassidy & Aaron Einbond
One hundred years after Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” this book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book’s focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material—as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data. Its contributors are first and foremost practitioners, which inevitably turns attention toward how and why noise is made and its potential role in listening and perceiving.

Contributors include Peter Ablinger, Sebastian Berweck, Aaron Cassidy, Marko Ciciliani, Nick Collins, Aaron Einbond, Matthias Haenisch, Alec Hall, Martin Iddon, Bryan Jacobs, Phil Julian, Michael Maierhof, Joan Arnau Pàmies, and James Whitehead (JLIAT).

The book also features a collection of short responses to a two-question “interview”—“what is noise (music) to you?” and “why do you make it?”—by some of the leading musicians working with noise today. Their work spans a wide range of artistic practice, including instrumental, vocal, and electronic music; improvisation; notated composition; theater; sound installation; DIY; and software development. Interview subjects include Eryck Abecassis, Franck Bedrossian, Antoine Chessex, Ryan Jordan, Alice Kemp (Germseed), George Lewis, Lasse Marhaug, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Diemo Schwarz, Ben Thigpen, Kasper Toeplitz, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.
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Published Oct. 1, 2013

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 238

ISBN 978-1-86218-118-2

DOI 10.5920/noise.2013

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Overcoming Form: reflections on immersive listening

Richard Glover & Bryn Harrison
This short collection of essays focuses on four areas of immersive sound environments: repetition, sustained tones, performed installations and approaches to extended forms. Through in depth exploration of the experiential nature of these subjects, the authors offer reflections upon the materials used for these environments, how they are organised, and the consequences of this on how we listen.
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Published Nov. 15, 2013

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 90

ISBN 978-1-86218-120-5

DOI 10.5920/of.2013

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Shibusa: extracting beauty

Monty Adkins & Pip Dickens
Shibusa – Extracting Beauty celebrates a number of artistic endeavours: music, painting and the skill of making in general with particular reflection upon Japanese aesthetics.

Composer, Monty Adkins and visual artist, Pip Dickens (through a Leverhulme Trust Award collaboration) investigate commonality and difference between the visual arts and music exploring aspects of rhythm, pattern, colour and vibration as well as outlining processes utilised to evolve new works within these practices.

The hand-cut paper Katagami stencil: a beautiful utilitarian object once used to apply decoration on to Japanese kimonos, is used as a poignant symbol – the ‘hand-made machine’ - by Adkins and Dickens both within the production of paintings and sound compositions and as a thematic link throughout the book.

The book reviews examples of a number of contemporary artists and craftspeople and their individual approaches to ‘making things well’. It explores the balance between hand skills and technology within a work’s production with particular reference to Richard Sennett’s review of material culture in The Craftsman.

Shibusa – Extracting Beauty includes contributing essays by arts writer, Roy Exley, who examines convergence and crossover within the arts and an in-depth history, and review, of the kimono making industry by Kyoto designer, Makoto Mori.
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Published March 1, 2012

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 97

ISBN 9781862181014

DOI 10.5920/shibusa.2012

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Slavery in Yorkshire: Richard Oastler and the campaign against child labour in the Industrial Revolution

John Hargreaves & Hilary Haigh
This new collection of essays based upon a conference at the University of Huddersfield, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, explores the links between Richard Oastler’s extraordinarily influential campaign against child labour in Yorkshire after 1830 and the remarkably successful campaign to abolish the transatlantic slave trade led by Yorkshire MP William Wilberforce before 1807. With contributions from D. Colin Dews, Dr John Halstead, Dr John A. Hargreaves, Dr Janette Martin, Professor Edward Royle and Professor James Walvin, it evaluates the distinctively Yorkshire context of both movements and offers a re-assessment of Oastler’s contribution to their success. It reveals how Oastler’s associations with both evangelical Anglicanism and Nonconformity, especially Methodism, stimulated and sustained his involvement in the ten-hour factory movement and examines the role of the regional press, local grass-roots organisation and Oastler’s powerful oratory in helping to secure a successful outcome to the campaign. In a foreword, the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, a leading figure in both the regional and national commemoration of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 2007, commends this wide-ranging historical study ‘with its broad perspective as an important contribution to making us all more informed on the whole theme of slavery today’.
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Published Dec. 1, 2012

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 238

ISBN 978-1-86218-107-6

DOI 10.5920/slavery.2012

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ROTOЯ: Part I Transdiciplinary dialogue and debate

Steve Swindells & Catriona McCara
ROTOЯ is a two-year programme of exhibitions, public events and talks at Huddersfield Art Gallery featuring the transdisciplinary work of art and design staff from the University of Huddersfield. ROTOЯ showcases a community of artists, designers and curators whose ideas and connective practices migrate and span artistic production, techno-design research, craft and cultural studies. ROTOЯ is located at the pivot between art and design disciplines and society, where points of intersection and engagement are considered and debated from multiple perspectives. The programme signals a unique partnership between Huddersfield Art Gallery and the University of Huddersfield to present a broad spectrum of practices and dialogues. Each exhibition features a number of public events in the form of artist/designer and curator talks, student ambassador tours, reading groups and film screenings. A publication of critical essays reviewing the ROTOЯ programme will be available from winter 2012. Please see the penultimate page of this brochure for further details.
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Published Jan. 5, 2012

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 12

ISBN 978-1-86218-102-1

DOI 10.5920/rotor.2012.1

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ROTOЯ: Part II Transdiciplinary dialogue and debate

Steve Swindells & Catriona McCara
ROTOЯ is a two-year programme of exhibitions, public events and talks at Huddersfield Art Gallery featuring the transdisciplinary work of art and design staff from the University of Huddersfield. Now in its second year, ROTOЯ showcases a community of artists, designers and curators whose ideas and connective practices migrate and span artistic production, techno-design research, craft and cultural studies. ROTOЯ is located at the pivot between art and design disciplines and society, where points of intersection and engagement are considered and debated from multiple perspectives. The programme signals a unique partnership between Huddersfield Art Gallery and the University of Huddersfield to present a broad spectrum of practices and dialogues. Each exhibition features a number of public events in the form of artist/designer and curator talks.
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Published Jan. 18, 2013

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 12

ISBN 978-1-86218-113-7

DOI 10.5920/rotor.2013.2

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Bhangra: mystics, music and migration

Hardeep Singh Sahota
Bhangra: Mystics, Music and Migration explores the origins of this folk song and dance from the Panjab in South Asia and its development into part of modern British culture in the hybrid soundscape of British Bhangra and beyond.

This book originated in academic research and the Heritage-lottery funded Bhangra Renaissance project. Through ethnographic research, oral history interviews, performances, photography, story-telling and community activity it celebrates the past contribution of all those involved in Bhangra.

This ground-breaking work provides an in-depth history of the spiritualism of performance and song, and an overview of the artists involved in influencing its development, as well as contemporaries leading the way of Bhangra’s renaissance amongst the South Asian diaspora in the UK and around the world.
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Published Aug. 1, 2014

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 125

ISBN 978-1-86218-123-6

DOI 10.5920/bhangra.2014

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour 1914-1922

Margaret Stansfield & Paul Wilcock
Huddersfield’s Roll of Honour 1914-1922 is a detailed account of 3,439 service personnel from Huddersfield who lost their lives during the First World War. In the Preface, HRH The Duke of York KG writes:

“This publication represents the lifetime work of Margaret Stansfield who sadly passed away in 2012. Margaret spent 30 years compiling the 3,439 biographical entries giving a poignant insight into the background, working lives and families of those who selflessly left Huddersfield to fight for their country never to return.”

Along with the biographical accounts there are many moving letters to the families of soldiers who lost their lives reflecting an attempt to bring comfort amid the darkness that their loss brought to both families and comrades alike.
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Published Aug. 1, 2014

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 507

ISBN 978-1-86218-126-7

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ROTOЯ review

Steve Swindells, Catriona McCara & Anna Powell
The ROTOЯ partnership between Huddersfield Art Gallery and the University of Huddersfield was established in 2011. ROTOЯ I and II was a programme of eight exhibitions and accompanying events that commenced in 2012 and was completed in 2013. ROTOЯ continues into 2014 and beyond and the aim of ROTOЯ is to improve the cultural vitality of Kirklees, expand audiences, and provide new ways for people to engage with and understand academic research in contemporary art and design.
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Published Jan. 22, 2015

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 24

ISBN 978-1-86218-119-9

DOI 10.5920/9781862181199

The Making of a University

John O'Connell
This book is a record of the development of an institution with a remarkable history. Its foundations go back to the early part of the nineteenth century when the local Huddersfield community decided it wanted a place of learning to promote the education of the working classes. Since 1825 development has encompassed a mechanics institution, a female educational institute, a college of technology and a polytechnic, before becoming the University of Huddersfield we know today. The author, the late John O'Connell, was a Professor at Huddersfield and this book draws upon his research which now resides in the University archives.
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Published Oct. 1, 2016

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 163

ISBN 978-1-86218-054-3

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Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies: policing by consent in Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district in the mid-nineteenth century

David Taylor
Professor David Taylor has established a fine reputation for his books and articles on the history of policing in England. This new book on Huddersfield policing looks at the mid-nineteenth century and issues facing the local area in relation to policing a centre of West Riding textile production.
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Published Nov. 21, 2106

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 301

ISBN 978-1-86218-139-7

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I You He She It: experiments in viewpoint, the Grist anthology 2017

Simon Crump
The latest Grist Anthology is an innovative blend of some of the most exciting and freshest voices in prose and poetry today. It features five sections written from five distinct narrative viewpoints.
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Published March 15, 2017

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 200

ISBN 978-1-86218-142-7

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Soundings: documentary film and the listening experience

Geoffrey Cox

This book draws on the lived experience of sound’s capacity to move and shake us in direct, subtle and profound ways through speech, location sound, and music in documentary film.


The associative, connotative and sheer emotive power of sound has the capacity to move and shake us in a myriad of direct, subtle and often profound ways. The implications of this for its role as speech, location sound, and music in documentary film are far-reaching. The writers in this book draw on the lived experience of sound’s resounding capacity as primary motivation for exploring these implications, united by the overarching theme of how listening is connected with acts of making sense both on its own terms and in conjunction with viewing.


The resulting thirteen essays of Soundings: Documentary Film and the Listening Experience cover films made from WWII to the present day in locations across Europe and the Americas, and in styles ranging from political propaganda, industrial promotion and educative exposition, to more aesthetically-driven films taking their bearings from avant-garde art. The authors draw on their experience in scholarly research, practice-as-research, and in the aesthetic and technical practice of documentary filmmaking. This mix of perspectives aims to widen and deepen the outlook of the recent and growing academic interest in the topic of documentary film sound.

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Published July 23, 2018

Published by University of Huddersfield Press

Pages 298

ISBN 978-1-86218-154-0

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