Responses to ECHO
Letters to the Editor
Billy Higgins (ECHO
My culture has always been confusing to me. When I was younger I would
just say I am Creole. If they asked for an explanation I would say, "well,
black, but Creole" people would usually get the picture. Once I got
a little older people began to tell me that I was just denying I was black
and that there was no such thing as Creole. So I started referring to
myself as black. Then other blacks would treat me like I was different
than them. Obviously this is a huge issue for me. I cringe whenever I
am asked my race
I heard about your journal in the Chronicle
of Higher Education. Congratulations on a very fine publication,
accessible to interested non-musicologists, and a good example of the
increased access that multimedia publication can provide.
The following review was published in The Lancet as part of their December 23, 2000 issue. (Free registration required to see their version of this review.)
A vibrant ECHO
The articles and reviews make for provocative, engaging reading on topics relevant to both classical and contemporary music. For example, the spring 2000 issue includes "Concerto con amore," an exploration of the function of romantic piano concerti in Hollywood films; the current issue, posted late last month, includes a discussion of the aesthetics of French music in the court of Louis XIV; a profile of the German expressionist composer, Arnold Schoenberg; a comparison of analog and digital recording techniques in contemporary music; and an interactive roundtable about the ramifications of the Napster (software that permits the free exchange and downloading of music from the web) controversies. The reviewseg, the musical version of James Joyce's The Dead, Seattle's Experience Music Projectare refreshingly candid and probing.
ECHO uses audio and video clips, and links to external websites, to enhance content and to free writers from relying solely on music notation, says Warwick. The strategy works; it was exciting to hear snippets of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo chile and Ory's Creole trombone while reading about their place in music history. "Echo repeats the last words spoken and gives back the last sounds she has heard" (Ovid's Metamorphoses; homepage). This ECHO does much more.
The Chronicle for Higher Education
... the journal's editors want to appeal to scholars outside of musicology
who write about music ...
Refried Elvis (ECHO 2.1)
I just read the review of Refried Elvis. Excellent. I was thinking of
using the book in a course syllabus I am working on. The Phillip Serrato
review helped a good dealexcept now I have to rewrite a syllabus