160069 UE Analysing Popular Music (2017S)
- Registration is open from Th 02.02.2017 06:00 to Tu 21.02.2017 23:59
- Registration is open from Fr 24.02.2017 11:00 to Tu 28.02.2017 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Fr 31.03.2017 23:59
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Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
1. c. 10 short exercises to be completed during the course. Each will require roughly one side of A4 paper (40%).
2. Extended analysis of a piece of popular music or other media object in which popular music plays an important role. Students may choose their own topic, and should use a selection of techniques learnt in the lectures. Length: maximum 3000 words (60%).
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
- understand that meaning is generated in the interaction between text, listener, and context,
- identify and describe the relevant carriers of meaning in the various contexts in which popular music is heard,
- analyse how music shapes meaning in those contexts,
- think critically about how social, political and economic forces shape the meanings attributed to popular music in ways listeners are not always aware of,
- understand the meaning of affect, and how the analysis of musical affect differs from the analysis of musical meaning.
1. Music, multimedia, and meaning.
2. Timbre, arrangement, and rhythm in popular music.
3. Harmony, melody, and phrasing in popular music.
4. Analysing recorded music.
5. Album art and publicity.
6. Analysing performance.
7. Analysing genre.
8. Analysing music video
9. Popular music in television and film.
10. Popular music in advertising.
11. Popular music and affect.
David Machin, Analysing Popular Music: Image, Sound and Text (London: Sage, 2010).
Richard Middleton (ed.), Reading Pop (Oxford: Clarendon, 2000).
Allan F. Moore (ed.), Analyzing Popular Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Allan F. Moore, Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).