Dr Jan-Peter Herbst


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  • buchcover3 (2021) (with Jonas Menze) Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press (contracted).
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  • buchcover2(2016) Die Gitarrenverzerrung in der Rockmusik. Studien zu Spielweise und Ästhetik [The guitar distortion in rock music. A study on playability and aesthetics]. Münster: LIT (Populäre Kultur und Medien, vol. 12).
    ⇒ Publisher

    Extracts from reviews:

    Translation: "The author has made guitar distortion, an essential albeit underrepresented feature of rock music in musicology and education, the main subject of his book. Based on different methodical approaches, he describes and analyses the issue extensively, and presents his results on more than 400 pages. [...] Herbst has done excellent work. He seriously approaches the somehow intangible subject, and achieves a high level of academic rigour. His methods are contemporary and always highly transparent. In doing so, he makes a very concrete, accessible and thus welcome contribution to the academic discipline of popular music studies." (Dr Dennis Schütze)
    ⇒ Original review

    Translation: "With his far-reaching investigations, the author informs musicians about distortion’s influence on popular music. His readers are encouraged to reflect on fundamental differences between the distorted electric guitar and its acoustic counterpart. Distortion features other challenges to playing but also offers new ways of expression. […] The book supplies valuable historical, aesthetic and analytical insights into this fascinating instrument. Irrespective of any pre-existing knowledge, it is recommendable for all readers interested in the guitar and in rock music." (Praxis des Musikunterrichts)

  • buchcover1 (2014) Netzwerk Sound. Eine didaktische Herausforderung der populären Musik [Network sound. An educational challenge of popular music]. PhD thesis. University of Paderborn 2014. Augsburg: Wißner (Forum Musikpädagogik, vol. 129).
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    ⇒ Publisher

    Extracts from reviews:

    Translation: "… a key milestone in the discussion of new and important topics for those who are concerned with popular music in the classroom." (Praxis des Musikunterrichts)

    Translation: "The book is useful for scientifically interested readers as well as for practitioners who would like to get to know alternative educational possibilities of teaching popular music with a special focus on perception and feeling, musical design, culture and external contexts of application." (Musik & Unterricht)

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  • themenheft(2017) Issue "Music and Art". Journal: Musik und Unterricht, vol. 126.

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Research Articles

  • (2021) Culture-specific production and performance characteristics. An interview study with ‘Teutonic’ metal producers. Metal Music Studies, 7(3) (forthcoming).
  • (2020) Views of German Producers on ‘Teutonic’ metal: Production Approaches and Generational Effects. In: Appen, Ralf von & Hindrichs, Thorsten (Eds.): One Nation Under a Groove. Nation als Kategorie populärer Musik?. Bielefeld: transcript (forthcoming).
  • (2020) Sonic Signatures in Metal Music Production. Teutonic vs British vs American Sound. ASPM Samples, 18, pp. 1-26. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2020) From Bach to Helloween. ‘Teutonic’ stereotypes in the history of popular music. Metal Music Studies, 6(1), 87-108. doi: 10.1386/mms_00006_1
  • (2019) Empirical explorations of guitar players’ attitudes towards their equipment and the role of distortion in rock music. Current Musicology, 105, pp. 75-106. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2019) German Metal Attack. Power Metal in and from Germany. In: Seibt, Oliver; Wickström, Davil-Emil & Ringsmut, Martin (Eds.): Made in Germany (Global Popular Music series). London: Routledge (forthcoming).
  • (2019) Moonlight Shadows. "Licht und Schatten" in Pink Floyds The Dark Side Of The Moon. [Light and shadow in Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon]. In: Kathke, Petra Ed.: Vom Schatten aus. Denk- und Handlungsräume in Kunst und Kunstpädagogik. Hannover: fabricio, pp. 130-150.
  • (2019) Distortion and Rock Guitar Harmony. The Influence of Distortion Level and Structural Complexity on Acoustic Features and Perceived Pleasantness of Guitar Chords. Music Perception, 36(4), pp. 335-352. doi: 10.1525/mp.2019.36.4.335
  • (2019) The formation of the West German power metal scene and the question of a ‘Teutonic’ sound. Metal Music Studies, 5(2), pp. 201-223. doi: 10.1386/mms.5.2.201_1
  • (2019) “My setup is pushing about 500 watts – it’s all distortion”. Emergence, development, aesthetics, and intentions of the rock guitar sound. Vox Popular (forthcoming).
  • (2019) Old sounds with new technologies? Examining the creative potential of guitar ‘profiling’ technology and the future of metal music from producers’ perspectives. Metal Music Studies, 5(1), pp. 53-69. doi: 10.1386/mms.5.1.53_1
  • (2018) (with Tim Albrecht) The work realities of professional studio musicians in the German popular music recording industry: Careers, practices and economic situations. IASPM@Journal, 8(2), pp. 18-37. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2018) (with Daniela Böer) Impulse aus der Musik kreativ in Bewegung umsetzen und für Kommunikationsanlässe nutzen [Transforming music into movement and using it for communication]. Sportunterricht, 69(9), pp. 403-407.
  • (2018) (with Tim Albrecht) The skillset of professional studio musicians in the German popular music recording industry. Etnomusikologian vuosikirja (The Finnish Yearbook of Ethnomusicology), vol. 30, pp. 121-153. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2018) (with Sebastian Schulz) I love This Town – Songs über den American Way of Life analysieren. Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch, pp. 20-24.
  • (2018) Put It Up to Eleven: An Experimental Study on Distorted Solo Guitar Techniques in Sixty Years of Rock Music. Vox Popular, 3 (forthcoming).
  • (2018) (with Isabella Czedik-Eysenberg and Christoph Reuter) Guitar profiling technology in metal music production: public reception, capability, consequences and perspectives. Metal Music Studies, 4(3), pp. 481-506. doi: 10.1386/mms.4.3.481_1
  • (2018) Heaviness and the electric guitar: Considering the interaction between distortion and harmonic structures. Metal Music Studies, 4(1), pp. 95-113. doi: 10.1386/mms.4.1.95_1
  • (2017) (with Jan Holthaus) Music Studio Operators In The Ruhr Area In Germany: Role, Services, And Resources. Etnomusikologian vuosikirja (The Finnish Yearbook of Ethnomusicology), vol. 29, pp. 1-30. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2017) Virtuoses Sologitarrenspiel im Rock und Metal. Zum Einfluss von Verzerrung auf das "Shredding" [Virtuoso solo guitar in rock and metal music. About the influence of distortion on "shredding"]. In: Phleps, Thomas Ed.: Schneller, höher, lauter. Virtuosität in populären Musiken (Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung, Bd. 43), pp. 131-152. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2017) Influence of distortion on guitar chord structures: Acoustic effects and perceptual correlates. In: Auhagen, Wolfgang; Bullerjahn, Claudia & Louven, Christoph Eds.: Musikpsychologie, vol. 27: Akustik und musikalische Hörwahrnehmung. Göttingen: Hogrefe, pp. 26-47. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2017) Shredding, tapping and sweeping: Effects of guitar distortion on playability and expressiveness in rock and metal solos. Metal Music Studies, 3(2), pp. 231–250. doi: 10.1386/mms.3.2.231_1
  • (2017) “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” – A Study of Electric Guitar Players. In: Merrill, Julia Ed.: Popular Music Studies Today. Series Systematische Musikwissenschaft. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 139-148. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2017) Historical development, sound aesthetics and production techniques of the distorted electric guitar in metal music. Metal Music Studies, 3(1), pp. 24-46. https://doi.org/10.1386/mms.3.1.23_1
  • (2017) Resonanz. [Resonance]. In: Blohm, Manfred; Brenne, Andreas & Hornäk, Sara Eds. Inklusionsaspekte in den künstlerischen Fächern und der ästhetischen Bildung. Hannover: Fabrico Verlag, pp. 217-222. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2017) Musik und Kunst – ein Überblick [Music and Arts – an overview]. Musik & Unterricht, 126, pp. 18-20.
  • (2017) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 4. Der gemeinsame Song im Gitarrenorchester [Guitar fascination. The guitar orchestra]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 129, pp. 34-39.
  • (2017) Akkordstrukturen im verzerrten Rockgitarrenriff. Eine experimental-analytische Studie zur Auswirkung von physikalischen und psycho-akustischen Faktoren [Chord structures in the distorted rock guitar riff. An experimental and analytic study on the effect of physical and psychoacoustic factors]. ASPM Samples, vol. 15. pp. 1-27. ⇒ Article
  • (2017) Remixing dub reggae in the music classroom: A practice-based case study on the value of music production tasks for listening skills, media competency and musical knowledge. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 9(3), pp. 255-272.
  • (2016) Kommunikation und Wissenserwerb in der Vorlesung. Eine quantitative Studie zum Einsatz kommunikationsanregender Methoden in der Vorlesung [Communication and construction of knowledge. A quantitative study on communication-facilitating methods in the higher education lecture]. die hochschullehre, 2(1). ⇒ Article
  • (2016) Das virtuelle Mischpult als Instrument [The virtual mixing desk as an instrument]. Musik und Computer, 5, pp. 28-37.
  • (2016) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 3. Grundlagen der akkordischen Liedbegleitung [Guitar fascination. Basics of rhythm guitar]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 127, pp. 38-47.
  • (2015) "What's that Sound?" Sound als didaktische Herausforderung der Populären Musik [Sound as an educational challenge of popular music]. In: Ahlers, Michael Ed.: Popmusik-Vermittlung. Zwischen Schule, Universität und Beruf (Theorie und Praxis der Musikvermittlung, vol. 14). Münster: LIT, pp. 133-152. ⇒ Publisher
  • (2015) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 2. Phrasierung und die ersten Melodien [Guitar fascination. Phrasing and melodies]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 124, pp. 38-44.
  • (2015) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 1. Die Grundlagen der Tonerzeugung [Guitar fascination. The basics of tone production]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 123, pp. 36-43.
  • (2014) Rethinking sound – an ontological perspective. Proceedings of the Sonic Signatures Symposium, Aalborg (DK), April 9-11, 2014. ⇒ Poster presentation
  • (2014) He’s a Pirate. Musik & Bildung. 2.14, pp. 8-11.
  • (2011) Die Form macht’s. Angewandte Formenlehre in der Erarbeitung populärer Musik [The form matters. Applied music theory in learning popular music]. Üben & Musizieren. 6/11, pp. 34-37.

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Encyclopaedia Articles

  • (2013) In: Songlexikon/Encyclopedia of Songs. Projekt des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs zu populärer Kultur und Musik. Ed. Fernand Hörner, Michael Fischer & Christofer Jost, Freiburg i. B. Song:
    18 and Life (Skid Row).
  • (2013) In: Songlexikon/Encyclopedia of Songs. Projekt des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs zu populärer Kultur und Musik. Ed. Fernand Hörner, Michael Fischer & Christofer Jost, Freiburg i. B. Song:
    Don't Stop Believin' (Journey).
  • (2012) In: Songlexikon/Encyclopedia of Songs. Projekt des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs zu populärer Kultur und Musik.
    Ed. Fernand Hörner, Michael Fischer & Christofer Jost, Freiburg i. B. Song:
    Hump de Bump (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
  • (2012) Rosanna. In: Songlexikon/Encyclopedia of Songs. Projekt des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs zu populärer Kultur und Musik. Ed. Fernand Hörner, Michael Fischer & Christofer Jost, Freiburg i. B. Song:
    Rosanna (Toto).

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  • (2020) Review of Berkers, Pauwke & Schaap, Julian (2018): Gender Inequality in Metal Music Production. Metal Music Studies, 6(1), 129-132.
  • (2018) Review of Brockhaus, Immanuel: Kultsounds. Die prägendsten Klänge der Popmusik 1960-2014 (transcript). ASPM Samples, 16. ⇒ Download PDF.
  • (2017) Review of Bottà, Giacomo (Ed.): Unsichtbare Landschaften. Populäre Musik und Räumlichkeit / Invisible Landscapes. Popular Music and Spatiality (Waxmann). IASPM Journal, 7(1), pp. 133-137.
  • (2016) Review of Forsbach, Beate (2015): Fächerübergreifender Musikunterricht. Konzepte und Modelle für die Unterrichtspraxis (Edition Forsbach Verlag). Musik & Unterricht, 122.
  • (2011) Conference Report: Die Metapher als "Medium" des Musikverstehens. Diskussion Musikpädagogik,  51, pp. 61-63; modified version in Die Musikforschung.

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