Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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Music history is characterised by appropriations of existing music. This practice even includes some of the great classical composers like J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart. In popular music, appropriating music has become a central compositional feature in blues, rock’n’roll, soul, reggae, musical, hip-hop, pop, and electronic dance music. However, as Peter Wicke describes in the Handbook of Popular Music, covering or appropriating music often is connoted negatively.

This seminar dwells upon the issue of appropriation including aspects of genre theory, songwriting, technology and aesthetics. It aims at exploring the relevance of appropriation for certain genres, and its chances for music writing and production.

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