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Bäckman, M. (2024). Finding Voice: Developing Student Autonomy from Imitation to Performer Agency. In: Helen Julia Minors, Stefan Östersjö, Gilvano Dalagna, Jorge Salgado Correia (Ed.), Teaching Music Performance in Higher Education: Exploring the Potential of Artistic Research (pp. 87-106). Open Book Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Finding Voice: Developing Student Autonomy from Imitation to Performer Agency
2024 (English)In: Teaching Music Performance in Higher Education: Exploring the Potential of Artistic Research / [ed] Helen Julia Minors, Stefan Östersjö, Gilvano Dalagna, Jorge Salgado Correia, Open Book Publishers, 2024, p. 87-106Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores how my own artistic research has informed my practice, not only as a musician, but also as a teacher in higher music education (HME). In my ongoing PhD project, I have investigated how a personal expression, or voice, emerges from a process initiated by transcription and imitation. I have used an analytical perspective, informed by embodied cognition, and built around the concepts of voice and affordance to try to clarify these processes. I have transcribed 13 albums by the iconic country harmonica player Charlie McCoy. Based on these transcriptions, I have analyzed McCoy’s playing style, notably charting his musical idiolect. From my analysis, I found a number of licks and strategies which he often employs. The licks are, I argue, important features of McCoy’s idiolect.

With McCoy’s licks as a point of departure, I have created my own variations of these. This method of deliberately transforming my voice is my way of finding out who I am, and who I want to be, as an artist. Starting with transcriptions gave me a view of the state of the art of country harmonica playing. The next phase of my PhD project has been to implement the knowledge I gained through artistic research, on my instrumental teaching in HME. In order to investigate this further, I have sought to initiate similar processes of formation of voice in my students. I have created a single subject course for harmonica students, where the aim is to explore the process of transcription leading to a formation of an original, unique voice. In the chapter I will present examples from my own artistic study, as well as examples from my study with my harmonica students in HME.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Open Book Publishers, 2024
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105707 (URN)
Note

ISBN for host publication: 978-1-80511-273-0, 978-1-80511-274-7;

Fulltext license: CC BY-NC

Available from: 2024-06-04 Created: 2024-06-04 Last updated: 2024-06-04Bibliographically approved
Bäckman, M. (2024). John Henry @ Klubb Honky Tonk.
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2024 (Swedish)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Keywords
John Henry, harmonica, Western Swing, Country music, Honky Tonk, Americana, Klubb Honky Tonk
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105355 (URN)
Available from: 2024-05-07 Created: 2024-05-07 Last updated: 2024-05-17
Bäckman, M. (2024). John Henry @ Stampen.
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2024 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Keywords
John Henry, harmonica, Country music, Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Americana, Stampen
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105354 (URN)
Available from: 2024-05-07 Created: 2024-05-07 Last updated: 2024-05-17
Bäckman, M. (2024). John Henry: Lucky Luck. Ella Ruth Institutet
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2024 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Abstract [en]

John Henry album Lucky Luck. Recorded in Nashville with guests Charlie McCoy, Jeff Taylor & Joe Spivey. Produced by Brad Jones. 

Place, publisher, year, pages
Ella Ruth Institutet, 2024
Keywords
John Henry, harmonica, Charlie McCoy, Country music, Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Americana
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105353 (URN)
Available from: 2024-05-07 Created: 2024-05-07 Last updated: 2024-05-17
Bäckman, M. (2023). In search of my voice. Music + Practice, 10
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2023 (English)In: Music + Practice, E-ISSN 1893-9562, Vol. 10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Norwegian Academy of Music, 2023
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-103049 (URN)10.32063/1012 (DOI)
Note

Validerad;2023;Nivå 1;2023-11-28 (joosat);

License full text: CC BY-NC 4.0

Available from: 2023-11-28 Created: 2023-11-28 Last updated: 2023-11-28Bibliographically approved
Bäckman, M. (2023). John Henry: Skråmträsk Countryfestival 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>John Henry: Skråmträsk Countryfestival 2023
2023 (Swedish)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-103020 (URN)
Note

Godkänd;2023;Nivå 0;2023-12-20 (joosat);

Available from: 2023-11-27 Created: 2023-11-27 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Juuso Engström, M., Johannesson, T., Lundqvist, M., Wedin, A., Holmberg, L., Hällis, B., . . . Bäckman, M. (2023). Ođđa Áigi / En Ny Tid. Piteå: Maria Juuso Engström
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2023 (Sami languages (Other))Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Abstract [sv]

Låten Ođđa áigi var veckans färsking i Sveriges Radio P4 Norrbotten vecka 14 2023 (3-9 april).

Place, publisher, year, pages
Piteå: Maria Juuso Engström, 2023
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance; Audio Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-103145 (URN)
Note

Godkänd;2023;Nivå 0;2023-12-20 (joosat);

Available from: 2023-12-01 Created: 2023-12-01 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Bäckman, M. (2022). Blue Note Harmonica Quartet.
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2022 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Mikael Bäckman spelade 2022-08-12, tillsammans med sin före detta elev på LTU, Mikael Fall, ett uruppförande på stora scenen på SPAH's (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) årliga festival i Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. De framförde arrangemang för munspelskvartett med två diatoniska munspel (Fall och Bäckman) som solistinstrument med komp av ackordsmunspel och basmunspel.

Keywords
Harmonica, harmonica quartet
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-93979 (URN)
Note

Validerad;2022;Nivå 1;2022-12-20 (svasva)

Available from: 2022-11-09 Created: 2022-11-09 Last updated: 2022-12-22Bibliographically approved
Bäckman, M. (2022). John Henry @ Luleå Live 2022. Luleå
Open this publication in new window or tab >>John Henry @ Luleå Live 2022
2022 (Swedish)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Place, publisher, year, pages
Luleå: , 2022
Keywords
Harmonica, Western swing, honky tonk, John Henry
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-94107 (URN)
Note

Godkänd;2022;Nivå 0;2022-12-20 (svasva)

Available from: 2022-11-14 Created: 2022-11-14 Last updated: 2022-12-22Bibliographically approved
Bäckman, M. (2022). John Henry – Old Fashioned Country Music. Luleå
Open this publication in new window or tab >>John Henry – Old Fashioned Country Music
2022 (Swedish)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Place, publisher, year, pages
Luleå: , 2022
Keywords
Harmonica, Country music, Honky tonk, Western swing
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-93981 (URN)
Note

Godkänd;2022;Nivå 0;2022-12-20 (svasva)

Available from: 2022-11-09 Created: 2022-11-09 Last updated: 2022-12-22Bibliographically approved
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