Analysing Popular Music: Image, Sound and Text

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SAGE Publications, Mar 25, 2010 - Music - 229 pages
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Popular music is far more than just songs we listen to; its meanings are also in album covers, lyrics, subcultures, voices and video soundscapes. Like language these elements can be used to communicate complex cultural ideas, values, concepts and identities.

Analysing Popular Music is a lively look at the semiotic resources found in the sounds, visuals and words that comprise the ‘code book’ of popular music. It explains exactly how popular music comes to mean so much. Packed with examples, exercises and a glossary, this book provides the reader with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their own analyses of songs, soundtracks, lyrics and album covers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Discourses of Popular Music
13
Postures Objects Settings
32
Typeface and Colour
58
Values Participants Agency
77
Pitch Melody and Phrasing
98
Arrangement and Rythm
114
The Sounds of Britpop
133
8 Analysing Music in Film
154
9 Analysing Music in Video and Television
185
Conclusion
211
Glossary
215
References
221
Index
227
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David Machin is Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. He is co-editor of the journal Social Semiotics and has written five other books, including Introduction to Multimodal Analysis (Hodder, 2007), and News Production (Routledge, 2006), as well as co-editing the Media Audiences major work with Barrie Gunter.

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