Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

The Voice

Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams [+-]
University of Bristol
Dr Katherine Williams is Lecturer in Music at Plymouth University. Prior to her appointment in 2014, she lectured at Leeds College of Music and Cardiff University, and taught on various modules at the University of Bristol. Throughout her musicological study (BMus King's College London, MA and PhD University of Nottingham), Katherine maintained an active profile as a saxophonist, performing and teaching in the idioms of classical, jazz and new music. Katherine's research has been published by Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Jazz Research Journal (forthcoming 2014). Her first monograph is in production with Equinox Press, and she is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (forthcoming 2016), and the Singer-Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).


In Chapter 5, I consider extramusical readings of the tonal shade and mix placement of Wainwright’s voice. By adapting another of Moore and Dockwray’s methods (the soundbox), I analyse the placement of the voice in the mix, and depict it visually. I combine these soundbox analyses with psychoanalytical readings of the ego, suggesting how Wainwright’s voice, autobiography, and sense of self work together. More details about Rufus Wainwright can be found at Williams’ recent blogpost on Thinking About Music, available here .

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Williams, Katherine . The Voice. Rufus Wainwright. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 88-101 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781795194. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23868. Jan 2016

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