Narrative in music videos

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Narrative in music videos

  1. 1. States that in a media text there are five stages:Original Equilibrium (normality)DisruptionRecognition (of disruption)Attempt to restore (original equilibrium)New equilibriumThis can be applied to many music videos, for example ‘Antartica’- Sound ofGunsTODOROV
  2. 2. ‘ANTARTICA’- SOUND OF GUNS
  3. 3. ORIGINAL EQUILIBRIUMWe first see a happy couple, clearly all overeach other and enjoying being together intheir relationship. This is the normal situationin the music video and is therefore the originalequilibrium
  4. 4. DISRUPTIONThe disruption occurs in a bar when thegirlfriend accuses another girl of flirtingwith her boyfriend. This then escalates andthe girlfriend attacks the other girl.
  5. 5. RECOGNITION (OF DISRUPTION)The recognition (of disruption) is thenext day when they both realise whathappened last night and how serious it is.Both are shown looking down indisappointment and realisation and theseriousness is shown when the boyfriendis looking at his bruises.
  6. 6. ATTEMPT TO RESTORE(ORIGINAL EQUILIBRIUM)The attempt to restoreoriginal equilibriumoccurs when instead ofbreaking up, theboyfriend and girlfriendstay together and try tomake it work(attempting to restorethe normality ofbefore). However, noneof their attempts workand the girlfriend endsup drinking and theboyfriend smokesdrugs. They argue andhit each other on amore frequent basis.
  7. 7. NEW EQUILIBRIUMThe new equilibrium occurs after thegirlfriend pushes her boyfriend downthe stairs and he dies. In thebackground, police sirens can be heardso it is clear that she is going away formanslaughter.
  8. 8. After analysing folk tales, Propp developed a theory that within each narrativethere are a set of stock characters, which reappear in every storyline.Using ‘Sometimes’-Sound of Guns:•Hero- the singer of the band, saves the love of his life from her kidnappers.•Princess- the love of the hero’s life, gets kidnapped by the villains and rescuedby the hero.•Villain- the kidnappers who take the princess, only to be beaten by the hero•Helper- the hero’s best friends and other members of the bandVLADIMIR PROPP
  9. 9. After analysing folk tales, Propp developed a theory that within each narrativethere are a set of stock characters, which reappear in every storyline.Using ‘Sometimes’-Sound of Guns:•Hero- the singer of the band, saves the love of his life from her kidnappers.•Princess- the love of the hero’s life, gets kidnapped by the villains and rescuedby the hero.•Villain- the kidnappers who take the princess, only to be beaten by the hero•Helper- the hero’s best friends and other members of the bandVLADIMIR PROPP

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