Author Archives: Erik Spangler

The Banjo Faces Its Shadow

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The banjo’s timbre cuts to some of the deepest seams of America’s past. To a number of contemporary banjo players and composers, the well of history and associations surrounding the banjo becomes a musical parameter to be bent, subverted, or used to evoke a particular landscape or time.

In The Cut: A Composer’s Guide To The Turntables

While turntablism and its impact on the growth of hip-hop is well documented, the turntables have not received much notice in musical academia. Through this article, I hope to introduce my fellow composers and other students of music to an instrument with great expressive potential and a history of innovation.