I was recently contacted by Brian Hickam, an academic at the University of Toledo, informing me that there is a large contingent of scholars interested in heavy metal as a topic of research, study, and analysis. These scholars reside all across the globe, and hold several conferences throughout the year to discuss their research and findings. This was exciting to hear. Part of the reason I started my drawing project was to educate the public about heavy metal, and hopefully get more people to take it seriously as a music genre.

It turns out that this community of music scholars is also very interested in my drawing project, and have invited me to attend one of their conferences later this year in Austria. I’m working on getting funding to attend this conference. I’ll keep you posted.

On a related note, I was mentioned in Keith Kahn-Harris’ blog awhile back. Harris is a sociologist and author who’s books include Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. Check out his blog.

I was also interviewed recently by SPIN magazine for an article about heavy metal themed artwork (random, right?). The article will appear in the August issue, I’m told. I’ll post a link to the article when I get one.

Since I’m on the topic of education, I thought I’d share this bit: Since I’m not a musician, I often wonder what people are talking about when they refer to specific techniques when playing instruments. For example, in drumming you have blast beats, and guitarists always talk about sweep picking and tremolo. I’m pretty sure I figured out what a blast beat is, and I recently stumbled upon this video explaining sweep picking. So if you’ve always wondered, check it out.

Finally, The Onion’s AV Club has a series of articles that addresses “pop culture for beginners”. In June they covered metal. I think they did a decent job.


~ by mikehill25 on July 8, 2009.

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