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How Music Means and/or What Music Means?

Here is another very brief snippet asking students to consider the difference between WHAT music means and HOW it means. As Alan Moore points out in his book ‘Song Means’ – there is often a confusion here. For me, it … Continue reading

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How Can We Think About Popular Music?

Another very very short segment – this time concerning the ways in which we can think about popular music analysis – more detail late!

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Why Was Popular Music so Slow to Emerge as an Academic Disciplin

Here are a few thoughts about why popular music was so slow to emerge as an academic discipline. It is a two minute lecture – see if you agree

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More Thoughts on Personae and Musical Environment

I have just given a lecture on the development of musical personae (mainly influenced by academics such as Cone, Auslander and Moore) and its resonance with musical texture. We began by suggesting the following two types of musical texture Texture … Continue reading

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More Analysis of Social Space: Sting’s Dead Mans Boots

Last weeks post commenced with a discussion of the ways in which the background of a musical mix can resonate with the persona in a song – describing it as ‘Inert’,  ‘Active’ or ‘oppositional’ (I still need more examples of … Continue reading

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