Ok – this is a new type of blog entry for me. I am going to experiment with discussing some of the issues me and my students are dealing with in my Musicology Class at the ATRiuM in Cardiff. We are currently dealing with the various ways that a piece of popular music can be analysed – and have looked at a continuum which starts at a rationalistic/absolutist approach to ‘truth’ (inspired by Plato, then taken on by Descartes, and incorporated by early pre popular music musicologists such as Guido Adler and Eduard Hanslick, compared to an empirical/more personal perspective of what the meaning of music is. So – the task for this week was to read through the following articles: Stan Hawkins article entitled ‘Prince: Harmonic Analysis of Anna Stesia‘ and Sound, text and identity in
Korn’s ‘Hey Daddy’ .
The big idea is to encourage discussion on how the author negotiates this epistemological divide. Watch this space