Praise for the 2005 book, Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music by Derek Beres
NPR, Day to Day, 10.12.05
What does the dance club scene have in common with Sanskrit teachings, yoga or the poetry of Rumi? Derek Beres explains in his new book Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music. The book chronicles electronic music from the 19th century through to the present day, and also references writers such as mythologist Joseph Campbell and futurist Alan Watts…Beres points out in the book that the trance-like effect on the dance floor has much in common with ancient music forms such as Sufi Dervish, Native American ceremonial chants and the rhythms of Africa, a spirit Beres wants to return to…With such a diverse subject matter, Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music is not a book about music alone. It’s about a growing worldwide community that’s searching for shared experience without politics or corporate involvement. And it could fill many different slots on the bookshelf.
PRI, The World (12.19.05)
Some call it mashing-up. Others call it remixing. Derek Beres calls it global beat fusion.
This subpopulation of international electronica is the focus of Global Beat Fusion (Outside the Box/iUniverse) a new book by Derek Beres, a music journalist, yoga instructor and deejay. Beres takes a Joseph Campbell-like comparative look at various cultures, then discusses the semi-underground patchwork of musicians who are using this often-sacred music for dancefloor kinetics. He then explains why that combination is not as incongruous as it might seem at first glance…
Global Rhythm (October 2005)
Longtime GLOBAL RHYTHM readers will no doubt recognize author Derek Beres as the former Managing Editor of this very publication, and his first book reads like a culmination of his many years working in the world music realm. Global Beat Fusion is a very personal meditation on the convergence of music, technology and faith in the global marketplace. In his own inimitable style, Beres weaves these divergent strands together through a series of portraits of movers-and-shakers in the world music industry. From interviews with artists like Cheb i Sabbah, Ojos de Brujo and Karsh Kale, Beres posits that electronic musicians worldwide are creating a new global mythology by translating traditional and sacred musical forms into digital formats. His interviews with various managers, publicists and bookers build up a portrait of the industry as it is today, while prognosticating what the future might hold in store, both for world music and, quite possibly, for the music industry as a whole.