Read e-book online Analysing Popular Music: Image, Sound and Text PDF

By David Machin

ISBN-10: 1848600224

ISBN-13: 9781848600225

Popular tune is way greater than simply songs we hearken to; its meanings also are in album covers, lyrics, subcultures, voices and video soundscapes. Like language those parts can be utilized to speak complicated cultural rules, values, thoughts and identities.

Analysing well known song is a full of life examine the semiotic assets present in the sounds, visuals and phrases that include the ‘code ebook’ of renowned tune. It explains precisely how renowned song involves suggest a lot. jam-packed with examples, workouts and a word list, this ebook offers the reader with the data and talents they should perform their very own analyses of songs, soundtracks, lyrics and album covers.


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But how we have so far described these visual cues is in terms of ‘affect’, through adjectives. So we have described a photographic style in terms of ‘scruffiness’, ‘realism’, a font in terms of ‘strength’ and ‘wistful’. But jumping immediately to such descriptions of affect means that we miss out on precision in our observations. And such an approach to analysis is basically ad hoc. In other words, we make our interpretations as we go along. So, on the one hand we need to provide a way of being more careful in our observations, and on the other provide a form of analysis that is to some degree predictive.

In compositions different levels of focus can be used to give salience to an element. It can be heightened to exaggerate details. Or focus can be reduced. On the Dylan sleeve the background is out of focus giving him salience. This is not about where he is, just about him. Foregrounding Simply foregrounding creates importance. Elements that are further back may become subordinate. On the Big L sleeve he is foregrounded, although the people in the background take up more of the space. Album Iconography Focus 49 The Burt Bacharach photo on the Oasis sleeve is positioned in the foreground.

All this came from working-class young men who, disillusioned with much in their lives, found alternative ways to create meaning. In the case of punk and other subgroups, such as the mods and rockers of the 1960s, their existence could be seen to be as a response to specific circumstances. And given our discussion of the way that music can be an authentic expression of the soul and also indicate certain individual dispositions, it is not surprising that people might see it as being part of the core of their identity.

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