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Popular music theory

  1. 1. Popular music Theory Genre Audience Text
  2. 2. Theory <ul><li>Music video Theory – understanding music and the images that go with it. </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of composition – takes music as text. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Simon Firth – Argues that the defying features of popular music is its television Aesthetic. </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches emanating from social sciences of ‘Sociology of Rock’ </li></ul><ul><li>Theorists have tended to focus on issues to do with audiences of popular music – Star Power & representation of women. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural theory ‘ Madonna studies’ influenced the ‘Queer Theory’ and the work of Madonna is seen as exemplifying feminist Critiques – Judith Butler </li></ul><ul><li>Robertson “is Madonna a Glamorized f*ck doll...” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Popular music and postmodernism <ul><li>Faith & Grand narrative has collapsed (science, Religion, History, progress) </li></ul><ul><li>Identity is filled – sense of self not fixed. </li></ul><ul><li>Consumerism is a creative endeavour in which the self is constructed. </li></ul><ul><li>No distinction between the real and simulated (simulacra – copy of a copy – cant tell between fake or real) </li></ul><ul><li>Can not refer to the real thing any more – getting further away from the original. </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence of information technology & society. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some argue.. <ul><li>Some argue that musical recordings are epitome of the post modern text because they are copies with out originals (simulacrums) </li></ul><ul><li>( Representation in media – not authentic ) </li></ul><ul><li>The music video re-enforces this is its deception of inauthentic performances and abstract visuals. </li></ul>

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