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    Jan Herbst. Heaviness in Metal Music Production: How and Why It Works. Routledges

  • buchcover6 (2024/2025) (with Mark Mynett) Heaviness in Metal Music Production: How and Why It Works. London: Routledge. (forthcoming)
  • Jan Herbst Rock Guitar Virtuosos: Advances in Electric Guitar Playing, Technology and Culture. Cambridge University Press

  • buchcover5 (2023) (with Alexander Paul Vallejo) Rock Guitar Virtuosos: Advances in Electric Guitar Playing, Technology and Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)
  • Jan Herbst Rammstein

  • buchcover4 (2022) (with Kerstin Wilhelms et al.) Rammsteins "Deutschland": Pop - Politik - Provokationen [Rammstein's "Germany": Pop - Politics - Provocations]. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.
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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.
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    Extracts from reviews:

  • 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).
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    Extracts from reviews:

  • buchcover1 (2014) Netzwerk Sound: Eine didaktische Herausforderung der populären Musik [Network Sound: An Educational Challenge of Popular Music]. Augsburg: Wißner (Forum Musikpädagogik, vol. 129).
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    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)

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  • (2024) (with Steve Waksman) The Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar (Cambridge University Press).
  • (2023) The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music (Cambridge University Press).
  • (2021) Special issue "Crises at Work: Potentials for Change?". IASPM Journal (with Michael Ahlers).⇒ to special issue
  • (2021) Special issue "Crosstown Traffic". Metal Music Studies, 7(3) (with Karl Spracklen). ⇒ to special issue
  • (2017) Issue "Music and Art". Musik und Unterricht, vol. 126.

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Journal Articles

  • (2023) (with Mark Mynett) “I Just Go with What Feels Right.” Variance and Commonality in Metal Music Mixing Practice. El Oido Pensante, 11(1), pp. 4-31. (open access)
  • (2023) (with Jamie Boddington Jordan) Harmonic Structures in Twenty-First-Century Metal Music: A Harmonic Analysis of Five Major Metal Genres. Metal Music Studies, 9(1), pp. 27-58.
  • (2022) (with Reuben Swallow) Dissonance in Metal Music: Musical and Sociocultural Reasons for Metal’s Appreciation of Dissonance. Metal Music Studies, 8(3), pp. 351-379.
  • (2022) (with Mark Mynett) What is ‘Heavy’ in Metal? A Netnographic Analysis of Online Forums for Metal Musicians and Producers. Popular Music and Society Studies, 45(5), pp. 633-653. (open access).
  • (2022) (with Mark Mynett) Toward a Systematic Understanding of “Heaviness” in Metal Music Production. Rock Music Studies, 10(1), pp. 16-37. (open access).
  • (2022) Keeper of the Seven Keys: Audio Heritage in Metal Music Production. Metal Music Studies, 8(1), pp. 109-126. (download here)
  • (2022) The Recording Industry as the Enemy? A Case Study of Early West German Metal Music. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 5, pp. 229-254. (open access)
  • (2021) (with Mark Mynett) Nail the Mix: Standardization in Mixing Metal Music? Popular Music and Society, 44(5), pp. 628-649. (open access)
  • (2021) (with Mark Mynett) (No?) Adventures in Recording Land: Engineering Conventions in Metal Music. Rock Music Studies, 9(2), pp. 137-156. (open access)
  • (2021) The Politics of Rammstein’s Sound: Decoding a Production Aesthetic. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 33(2), pp. 51–76. (download here)
  • (2021) (with Karl Bauerfeind) Teutonic Metal: Effects of Place- and Mythology-Based Labels on Record Production. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 4, pp. 291–313 (open access)
  • (2021) Recording Studios as Museums? Record Producers’ Perspectives on German Rock Studios and Accounts of their Heritage Practices. Popular Music, 40(2), pp. 91–113. (open access)
  • (2021) (with Michael Ahlers) Introduction to the Special Issue on Crises at Work: Potentials for Change?. IASPM Journal, 11(1), pp. 2-5. (open access)
  • (2021) (with Karl Spracklen) Metal Music Studies at the Intersection of Theory and Practice. Metal Music Studies, 7(3), pp. 351-356. (download here)
  • (2021) Culture-Specific Production and Performance Characteristics: An Interview Study with ‘Teutonic’ Metal Producers. Metal Music Studies, 7(3), pp. 445-467. (download here)
  • (2020) Metronomic Precision of ‘Teutonic Metal’: A Methodological Challenge for Rhythm and Performance Research. Samples, 18, pp. 1-27. (open access)
  • (2020) (with Thomas Thurnell-Read, David Robinson & Karl Spracklen) Rhythm and Booze: Contesting Leisure Mobilities on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. Mobilities, 16(3), pp. 322-338.
  • (2020) Sonic Signatures in Metal Music Production: Teutonic vs British vs American Sound. ASPM Samples, 18, pp. 1-26. (open access)
  • (2020) From Bach to Helloween: ‘Teutonic’ Stereotypes in the History of Popular Music. Metal Music Studies, 6(1), pp. 87-108. (download here)
  • (2019) Empirical Explorations of Guitar Players’ Attitudes towards their Equipment and the Role of Distortion in Rock Music. Current Musicology, 105, pp. 75-106. (open access)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (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. (open access)
  • (2018) (with Tim Albrecht) The Skillset of Professional Studio Musicians in the German Popular Music Recording Industry. Etnomusikologian vuosikirja (The Finnish Yearbook of Ethnomusicology), 30, pp. 121-153. (open access)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (2018) Heaviness and the Electric Guitar: Considering the Interaction between Distortion and Harmonic Structures. Metal Music Studies, 4(1), pp. 95-113. (download here)
  • (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. (open access)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (2017) Historical Development, Sound Aesthetics and Production Techniques of the Distorted Electric Guitar in Metal Music. Metal Music Studies, 3(1), pp. 24-46. (download here)
  • (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, 15. pp. 1-27. (open acces)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (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), pp. 1-21. (open access)

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Book Chapters

  • (2024) (with Alexander Vallejo) Thumping, Glitch, and Butterfly Tapping: Innova-tions in Guitar Technique in the New Millennium. In: Herbst, Jan & Waksman, Steve. (Eds): The Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • (2024) (with Mark Mynett) Contemporary Approaches to Metal Music Mixing and Production: Heavy Metal, Death Metal, and Metalcore. In: Burns, Lori & Scotto, Ciro (Eds): The Routledge Handbook of Metal Music Composition. London: Routledge (forthcoming).
  • (2023) Martin Birch - Catalyst: The Pivotal Role of Deep Purple’s Sound Engineer on the Classic Mk. 2 Albums. In: Brown, Andy R. (Eds): Who Do We Think They Are? : Deep Purple and Metal Studies. London: Equinox Publishing (forthcoming).
  • (2023) Introduction to the Cambridge Companion to Metal Music. In: Herbst, Jan-Peter (Ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-11 (forthcoming).
  • (2023) (with Mark Mynett) Mapping the Origins of Heaviness between 1970-1995: A Historical Overview of Metal Music Production. In: Herbst, Jan-Peter (Ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 29-42 (forthcoming).
  • (2023) ‘It Just Is My Inner Refusal’: Innovation and Conservatism in Guitar Amplification Technology. In: Moore, Austin & Bromham, Gary (Eds.). Distortion in Music Production. London: Routledge, pp. 174-184.
  • (2022) Infrastructure of the German Music Business. In: Schütte, Uwe (Ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Krautrock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 59-73.
  • (2022) (with Lea Espinoza Garrado et al.) Transformations of the National: Rammstein’s “Deutschland” as a Provocation of German History. In: Jacke, Christoph; Flath, Beate & Troike, Manuel (Eds.): Transformational POP: Transitions, Breaks, and Crises in Popular Music (Studies), pp. 179-204. (open access)
  • (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, pp. 183-206.
  • (2020) German Metal Attack: Power Metal in and from Germany. In: Seibt, Oliver; Ringsmut, Martin & Wickström, Davil-Emil (Eds.): Made in Germany (Global Popular Music series). London: Routledge, pp. 81-89.
  • (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. (download here)
  • (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. (open access)
  • (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. (open access)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (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
  • (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. (download here)

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Professional and Educational Articles

  • (2022) (with Mark Mynett) ‘What Exactly Is “Heaviness” in Heavy Metal Music?’. Futurum, 9/2022.
  • (2017) Musik und Kunst – ein Überblick [Music and Arts – an Overview]. Musik & Unterricht, 126, pp. 18-20.
  • (2018) (with Sebastian Schulz) I love This Town: Songs über den American Way of Life analysieren [I Love this Town: Analysing Songs about the American Way of Life]. Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch, pp. 20-24. (download here)
  • (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. (download here)
  • (2016) Das virtuelle Mischpult als Instrument [The Virtual Mixing Desk as an Instrument]. Musik und Computer, 5, pp. 28-37. (download here)
  • (2016) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 4. Der gemeinsame Song im Gitarrenorchester [Guitar fascination: The guitar orchestra]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 129, pp. 34-39. (download here)
  • (2016) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 3. Grundlagen der akkordischen Liedbegleitung [Guitar Fascination. Basics of Rhythm Guitar]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 127, pp. 38-47. (download here)
  • (2015) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 2. Phrasierung und die ersten Melodien [Guitar Fascination. Phrasing and Melodies]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 124, pp. 38-44. (download here)
  • (2015) Faszination Gitarre. Teil 1. Die Grundlagen der Tonerzeugung [Guitar Fascination: The Basics of Tone Production]. Praxis des Musikunterrichts, 123, pp. 36-43. (download here)
  • (2014) He’s a Pirate. Musik & Bildung. 2.14, pp. 8-11. (download here)
  • (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. (download here)

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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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