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The Impact of Musical Environment on Lyrics and Meaning

This post is directed mainly to my undergraduate musicology students, but I am sure other readers will find it of interest to. This week in our class, we discussed the various ways in which the ‘musical environment’ (the sounds and … Continue reading

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Zappa at the Paris Philharmonie:Report and Some Questions

I have spent the last few days at a conference in Paris at the Paris de Philharmonie. Although I have not focused on Zappa’s work for a couple of years, it was great to reconnect again  with friends such as … Continue reading

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Zappa And the And – the Final Blog!

Well – I finally got my copies of my Zappa book last week – so this will probably be the last time I blog about it (hip – hip……). I would really appreciate anyone helping with the social network side … Continue reading

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Zappa and Intergrational Meaning: A Quick Example

I could not resist but to briefly cover an example of Barthes’ ‘intergrational’ meaning via a Zappa video example – ‘Montana’. For me anyway, here are a few examples of the simultaneous narratives that I can hear in the music. … Continue reading

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Musicology, Zappa and Barthes: More Ideas of how to Listen and Examine Zappa’s Texts

Here is a sort of part 2 of my Barthes post a couple of weeks ago. That post mainly discussed Frank Zappa’s album covers, and the various messages that are potentially within the image. In this discussion I would like … Continue reading

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Meaning in the album cover of Zappa’s Overnite Sensation

Kill Ugly Radio posted a great link to the original art work of Frank Zappa’s Overnite Sensation today. When looking through the pics, it prompted me to think that there is so much meaning in this work of Art – … Continue reading

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More Meaning in Music: How does form impact music?

My last musicology lecture focused on the basics – how do the elements of music impact form. Firstly, the presentation for this can be found here. These are the questions I want students/interested parties to discuss on the blog •Examples … Continue reading

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