Universität Wien FIND

160063 UE Critical Analysis of Popular Music (2018W)

Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 16.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09
Friday 23.11. 14:15 - 17:15 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09
Saturday 24.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09
Friday 30.11. 14:15 - 17:15 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09
Saturday 01.12. 10:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09
Friday 07.12. 14:15 - 17:15 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09
Friday 14.12. 10:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-09

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Though lectures, assigned readings, class discussion and written and oral assignments, this course will examine and critically assess musicological approaches to popular music. The focus of the course will be on popular songs as sonic objects, and will pose the questions why and how do we analyse these objects. The course begins with a philosophical investigation of popular music: What is it? What does it do? Why should we care? The remained of the course will be focused on the various musical parameters of pop songs (melody, harmony, rhythm, form) and on the relationship between words and music. Students will be introduced to rudimentary concepts from forensic musicology--the application of musicology to legal issues surrounding music.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of class participation, two short written assignments, a group presentation, and a final paper. There will be no exams in this course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

1. Theodor Adorno, Essays on Music ed. Richard Leppert, trans. Susan Gillespie (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).
2. Begault, Durand, Heather Heise and Christopher Peltier. - Distinguishing Between Science and Pseudoscience in Forensic Acoustics I. - Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (2013), vol. 19, pp. 1-9.
3. Allan Moore, ed.Analyzing Popular Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
4. Allan Moore, Rock: The Primary Text(New York: Routledge, 2016).
5. Derek B. Scott, ed. The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009).
6. David Machin, Analysing Popular Music: Image, Sound, and Text(London: Sage, 2010).

Association in the course directory

BA (2016): POP-V, INT, FRE
BA (2011): B14, B16, B17, B18, B19
MA: M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, M11, M13, M14, M15, M16

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