Research

Links

⇒ Monographs

⇒ Research Articles

⇒ Encyclopaedia Articles

⇒ Conference reports, reviews and interviews

⇒ Presentations

Academic Research and Teaching Focus

  • Music Analysis & Methodology (musicology, music theory, cultural studies, sound analysis, semiotics)
  • History of Popular Music & development of musical styles and genres
  • Rock and Metal Music Studies
  • Music Technology & Art of Record Production
  • Empirical Musicology
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Popular Music Education
  • Film Music

Membership of Academic Associations

  • Full member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) − (since 2018)
  • International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) − (since 2016)
  • Network for the Inclusion of Music in Music Studies (NIMiMS) − (since 2016)
  • Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP) − (since 2014)
  • European Sound Studies Association (ESSA) - (since 2014)
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM international, UK & Germany) − (since 2013)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) - (since 2016)
  • German Society for Popular Music Studies (GfPM) − (since 2011)
  • German Association of Music Psychology (DGM) − (since 2011)

Service to academic profession

  • Treasurer of IASPM UK & I − (since 2018)
  • Appointed member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Metal Music Studies journal − (2017 - 2019)
  • Reviewer for conferences of the Association for the Art of Record Production − (2016, 2018), and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music − (2018)
  • Editor in chief of the international refereed journal of Music as Sound and Meaning − (since 2016)
  • Editor of Musik & Unterricht (Music and Education) − (2016 - 2017)
  • Reviewer for the Journal on the Art of Record Production − (since 2016)
  • Reviewer for the Journal Psychology of Music − (since 2016)
  • Reviewer for the Journal Metal Music Studies − (since 2017)
  • Reviewer for the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music − (since 2014)

Publications and presentations

Monographs

  • 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).     ⇒ Flyer
    ⇒ 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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Editor

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

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Research Articles

  • (2019) The formation of the West German power metal scene and the question of a ‘Teutonic’ sound. Metal Music Studies, 5(2) (forthcoming).
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  • (2019) (with Tim Albrecht) The work realities of professional studio musicians in the German popular music recording industry: Careers, practices and economic situations. IASPM@Journal, 9(1) (forthcoming).
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  • (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).
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  • (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) (forthcoming).
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  • (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.
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  • (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 (forthcoming).
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  • (2018) (with Sebastian Schulz) I love This Town – Songs über den American Way of Life analysieren. Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch, pp. 20-24.
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  • (2018) Put It Up to Eleven: An Experimental Study on Distorted Solo Guitar Techniques in Sixty Years of Rock Music. Vox Popular, 3 (forthcoming).
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  • (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
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  • (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
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  • (2018) 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. Flensburg: fabricio (forthcoming).
  • (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. ⇒ Publisher
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  • (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
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  • (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.
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  • (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
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  • (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
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  • (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
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  • (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.
    https://doi.org/10.0.5.106/jmte.9.3.255_1
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  • (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
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  • (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 z 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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Conference reports, reviews and interviews

  • (2018) Review of Brockhaus, Immanuel: Kultsounds. Die prägendsten Klänge der Popmusik 1960-2014 (transcript). ASPM Samples, 16. ⇒ Download PDF.
  • (2018) Radio interview with the Deutschlandfunk (broadcasted throughout Germany): “Heavy-Metal-Forschung. Als die Stahlindustrie den Takt der Musik vorgab” [Heavy metal research. When the metal industry dominated the beat of the music] on 5.5.2018. ⇒ Interview Online.
  • (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) Interview with newspaper Neue Westfälische on "learning an instrument in the adult age" in May 2016.
  • (2016) Interview with Radio Bielefeld on "ear worms".
  • (2016) Interview in the Bielefelder journal on popular music. Bielefelder, 3/16.
  • (2016) Review of Forsbach, Beate (2015): Fächerübergreifender Musikunterricht. Konzepte und Modelle für die Unterrichtspraxis (Edition Forsbach Verlag). Musik & Unterricht, 122.
  • (2015) Interview with Radio Herford on "music and emotion" in December 2015.
  • (2012) Interview with newspaper Neue Westfälische on "music festivals" in July 2012.
  • (2011) Conference Report: Die Metapher als "Medium" des Musikverstehens. Diskussion Musikpädagogik,  51, pp. 61-63; modified version in Die Musikforschung.

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Presentations

  • (2018) “„Gear Acquisition Syndrome“ (GAS): Instrumenten- und Genre-Abhängigkeiten in den Kaufmotiven und im Sammelverhalten von MusikerInnen der Populären Musik” at the conference “(Dis-)Orientierungen populärer Musik” of the German Society for Popular Music (GfPM) at the Carl Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (GER), 17 November 2018 (with Jonas Menze).
  • (2017) “Technology in Popular Music Education”, lecture at the postgraduate course MAS Pop & Rock at the University of the Arts Berne (CH), 12-13 October 2018.
  • (2018) “The work realities of professional studio musicians in the German popular music recording industry” at the "Crosstown Traffic" conference of the IASPM UK & Ireland, the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP), the International Society of Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) and the Dancecult Journal at the University of Huddersfield (UK), 3-5 September 2018.
  • (2018) (with Jonas Menze) “’Gear Acquisition Syndrome’: Attitudes and motifs for collecting musical gear across genres and instruments” at the "Crosstown Traffic" conference of the IASPM UK & Ireland, the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP), the International Society of Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) and the Dancecult Journal at the University of Huddersfield (UK), 3-5 September 2018.
  • (2018) “The work realities of professional studio musicians in the German popular music recording industry” at the Music and Sound Research Seminar at Leeds Beckett University (UK), 6 June 2018.
  • (2018) “British, US-American, Scandinavian and Teutonic metal. A producers‘ talk about nationality and culture in metal music's sound and performance (open discussion with demonstration).” Workshop with producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the conference “HardWired VI: So far, so good… so what? Approaching the Metal Realities” at the University of Siegen (GER), 3-5 May 2018.
  • (2018) “The formation of the German metal scene and the question of a ‘Teutonic’ power metal sound” at the conference “HardWired VI: So far, so good… so what? Approaching the Metal Realities” at the University of Siegen (GER), 3-5 May 2018.
  • (2017) “Old sounds with new technologies? Examining the creative potential of guitar ‘profiling’ technology from a production perspective” at “The Future Sound of Pop Music” conference in Bern (CH), 1 December 2017.
  • (2017) “Modern Rock And Metal Music”, lecture at the postgraduate course MAS Pop & Rock at the University of the Arts Berne (CH), 21 October 2017.
  • (2017) "Musikpädagogik und Musiktechnologie: Eine Fallstudie aus der Praxis am Beispiel von Dub Reggae" [Music Technology and Music Education: A practice-based case study on dub reggae] at the conference "Jugend musiziert – musikkulturelle Vielfalt im Diskurs" of the Institute for Research on Musical Ability (IBFM), Paderborn University (GER), 29 September 2017. ⇒ Poster presentation
  • (2017) "'Heaviness' and the metal music guitar. Interactions between harmonic structure and sound from acoustic and perceptual perspectives" at the conference of the German Society for Music Psychology (DGM), University of Hamburg (GER), 15 September 2017. ⇒ Poster presentation
  • (2017) "Gear Acquisition Syndrome - An empirical invesigation of electric guitar players' dealings with equipment and its consequences for musical genres" at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Kassel University (GER), 29 June 2017.
  • (2017) “Musikalische Darstellungsweisen der Elemente am Beispiel des Konzeptalbums 'The Alchemy Index' von Thrice" [Musical presentation of the natural elements in Thrice’s concept album The Alchemy Index] at a lecture series on aesthetic education at Bielefeld University (GER), 3 May 2017.
  • (2017) "Transkulturelle Musikpädagogik – Ziele, Methoden und Potenziale für ästhetische Bildung" [Transcultural music education – aims, methods and potentials for aesthetic education] at a lecture series on aesthetic education, Bielefeld University (GER), 17 January 2017.
  • (2016) "Shredding, Two-Hand-Tapping, Feedback. Eine experimental-analytische Studie zur Auswirkung von Gitarrenverzerrung auf das Solospiel im Rock und Metal" [An experimental and analytic study on the effects of guitar distortion on solo playing in rock and metal] at the conference of the German Association for Popular Music (GfPM), Hamburg University (GER), 19 November 2016.
  • (2016) “Para-Sonic 3.0. Eine Klang-Körper-Interaktion“ [Para-sonic 3.0. A sound and body interaction], Bielefeld University (GER), 11 November 2016.
  • (2016) "Der Einfluss von Verzerrung auf die Wahrnehmung verschiedener Gitarrenakkorde. Eine quantitative Studie auf Grundlage psychoakustischer Messungen" [The effect of distortion on the perception of guitar chord structures. A quantitative study based on a psychoacoustic experiment] at the conference of the German Association for Music Psychology (DGM), Vienna University (A), 11 September 2016. ⇒ Poster presentation
  • (2016) "Verzerrung und Noise – Formen, Intentionen und Geschichte des Heavy Metal Sounds" [Distortion and noise - Forms, intentions and history on heavy metal sounds] as guest lecture in the seminar "Musik, Kultur und Geschichte des Heavy Metal" (Prof. Dr. Florian Heesch), Siegen University (GER), 28 June 2016.
  • (2016) "Die Verzerrung als Gestaltungsmerkmal des Gitarrenspiels. Methodische Grundlagen und praktische Anwendungen" as guest lecture in the seminar "Stromgitarren" (Nils Kirschlager), Paderborn University (GER), 16 June 2016.
  • (2016) "George Martin – Eine Rückschau auf seine Arbeit mit den Beatles und seinen Einfluss auf die Musikwelt" [George Martin – A retrospect on his work with the Beatles and his influence on the world of music], Bielefeld University (GER), 1 June 2016.
  • (2016) "Das Konzeptalbum im Wandel der Zeit – Transmediale Schnittstellen als zeitgemäße ästhetische wie auch ökonomische Strategien?!" [Concept albums in the change of time – Transmedial interfaces as aesthetic and economic strategies?!], Bielefeld University (GER), 20 April 2016.
  • (2016) "Methoden der Klanganalyse und ihre Anwendung in Musikpsychologie und -analyse" [Methods of sound analysis and its use for music psychology and analysis] as guest lecture in the seminar "Funktionen und Wirkungen von Musik" (Prof. Dr. Heiner Gembris), Paderborn University (GER), 19 April 2016.
  • (2016) "Kommunikation und Wissenskonstruktion in der Vorlesung. Eine quantitative Praxisstudie" [Communication and construction of knowledge. A quantitave study] at the "Higher Education Day", Paderborn University (GER), 16 February 2016. ⇒ Poster presentation
  • (2016) "Die Verzerrung als Gestaltungsmerkmal des E-Gitarrenspiels in der Rockmusik" [The distortion as an expressive tool for rock guitar playing] at the symposium "Transcultural and Popular Music Research", Weimar University of Music (GER), 29 January 2016.
  • (2015) "Dub Reggae – Das Mischpult als Instrument" [Dub reggae – the mixing desk as an instrument], Bielefeld University (GER), 12 December 2015.
  • (2015) "Busby Berkeley – Höhepunkte der Choreographie des Broadway Musicals der 1930er Jahre" [Busby Berkeley – Highlights of 1930s Broadway musical choreography], Bielefeld University (GER), 4 November 2015.
  • (2014) "Rethinking sound – an ontological perspective" at the Sonic Signatures Symposium, Aalborg University (DK), 9 April 2014. ⇒ Poster presentation
  • (2014) "‘What’s that sound?‘ Sound als didaktische Herausforderung der populären Musik" [Sound as a challenge for popular music education] at the symposium "Popmusik-Vermittlung: Zwischen Schule, Universität und Beruf", Leuphana University Lüneburg (GER), 13 February 2014.
  • (2013) "Stilkopie" at the "Day of Higher Education", Paderborn University (GER), 5 March 2013.
  • (2013) "Netzwerk Sound – Hören, Kultur, Praxis. Präsentation des Dissertationsprojekts" [Network sound – Listening, culture, practice. Presentation of PhD project], Paderborn University (GER), 19 February 2013.
  • (2013) "Didaktik der Populären Musik. Sound und aktuelle Herausforderungen" [Popular Music Education. Sound and contemporary challenges] as guest lecture in the seminar "Musik lernen und vermitteln: Grundfragen und Perspektiven der Musikpädagogik" (Prof. Dr. Thomas Krettenauer), Paderborn University (GER), 13 January 2013.

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