Gray Center Mellon Fellows Glenn Kotche (composer and percussionist) and Steven Rings (Department of Music) discuss the exciting early stages of their fellowship VoiceGrooveSong.
Steven Rings is Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 2005. His research focuses on transformational theory, phenomenology, popular music, and voice. His book Tonality and Transformation (Oxford, 2011)—recipient of the Society for Music Theory’s 2012 Emerging Scholar Award—develops a transformational model of tonal hearing, employing it in interpretive essays on music from Bach to Mahler.
Steven Rings (Department of Music) and composer / percussionist Glenn Kotche aim to rethink the three musical categories of voice, groove, and song, considering them at once as a fused, holistic group, and as parameters amenable to strategic separation and recombination.