New Article Announcement: Analyzing Jazz Improvisation to Improve the Multiframe

Posted by The Grid on 03 Jun, 2016
Cooke, D (w, p). DC: The New Frontier Volume One, page 120, ©2004 DC Comics. Cooke, D (w, p). DC: The New Frontier Volume One, page 120, ©2004 DC Comics. We have published a new research article on the journal: [altmetric doi="10.16995/cg.76" float="left"] Playing Together: Analyzing Jazz Improvisation to Improve the Multiframe, by Zach Powers (Telfair Museums, USA) and Stephanie Grimm (Savannah College of Art and Design, USA).     This paper is part of the special collection Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comics, co-edited by Dr Nicolas Pillai (Birmingham City University) and Dr Ernesto Priego (City University London).
Musical terminology is often used when discussing narrative forms of art. However, this is seldom accompanied by a systematic application of musical concepts for use by artists in these other mediums. Comics, in particular, parallel music in terms of the multiframe, where various individual elements are perceived at once. Therefore, a useful analogy can be made between the multiframe and thematic and vertical musical construction. The interactivity among jazz musicians during a collective improvisation exemplifies this musical simultaneity, and this article creates an analogy between improvisation and narrative comics, deriving several analytical tools that can be used to inform the creation of more meaningful multiframes. Keywords: improvisation,  jazz,  multiframe,  narrative,  simultaneity  How to Cite: Powers, Z. & Grimm, S., (2016). Playing Together: Analyzing Jazz Improvisation to Improve the Multiframe. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.. 6, p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.76 Published: 02 June 2016 Copyright: © 2016 Zach Powers and Stephanie Grimm. This is a Peer Reviewed open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. Third-party content is included in the article for research and educational purposes only under Academic Fair Dealing/Fair Use. Unless otherwise stated all third-party content is copyright its original owners; all images of and references to characters and comic art presented on the article or the site(s) are ©, ® or ™ their respective owners. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is a peer-reviewed open access journal published by Open Library of Humanities. Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comicsis a special collection of peer-reviewed research articles co-edited by Dr Nicolas Pillai (Birmingham City University) and Dr Ernesto Priego (City University London) for The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. Over the last forty years, the fields of jazz studies and comic studies have gained currency within the academy and have been enriched by interdisciplinary approaches. The New Jazz Studies has invigorated the discipline beyond its musicological roots, while Comics Studies has thrived in the digital age. This collection aims to find meeting points between the disciplines. The call for papers for this special collection was published on 30 July 2015 and the deadline for submissions was 15 January 2016. The articles in this collection will be published in the order in which they were ready for publication (i.e. not as a ‘bulk’ or single issue). Even though this particular collection is now closed to new submissions, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship receives submissions on an ongoing basis. More information at http://www.comicsgrid.com/about/submissions/.