MUSI 1002 Notes

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The Culture Industry Made up of economic institutions Adorno’s theories fundamental Commodity Fetishism The culture industry is successful because people fetishize cultural objects Creates false needs, alternative ways of thinking without people realizing People focus on consuming. To own it. We need to have it. Ex. Purchasing a concert ticket Standardization Popular music standardized: 1. Number of types immediately recognizable 2. Small number of structures 3. Small number of components to each song that’s interchangeable (ex.Intro,verse,chorus etc) Pseudo-individualization The type of variation between standardized products Surface changes (rhythm), not basic structure (chord progressions, verse, chorus) If pop…show more content…
Syncopated rhythms Ex. Goldie “Angel” Electronica Not specifically made for dancing Desgned for wide range of uses Ex. Moby “Natural Blues” “Historica Electronica Preface” Simon Reynolds 2001 Lays out parameters that define a “field of possibility” within electronic dance music Texture matters more than actual rhythm Process of Sampling Mashups: Relies on irony and nostalgia, lots of people wil be familiar with the songs Convey cultural critique, launch discussions on social issues Correspondences, connotations and critical readings. Turned consumptions into production. Referring to the creative process DJ Danger Mouse, brought genre into public discourse Sampling, Meanings, and Interpretation Brackett, “Sample Mania” Can’t Touch This, resembles Super Freak. Same backing track. Hip hop is now commercial, started by 1990s. He suggested that popularity is due to the sampling of well known songs. In 1997, hit songs based on samplings with pervasive What impact does the song have? What is popular music text? Anything that conveys a cultural meaning Popular music text: recordings, music videos, live performances The music components in lyrics is important but also album covers Intertextuality: The idea that text communicates its meaning in relation to other texts. Meanings represented in popular text Preferred reading: dominant message set within codes and conventions in creation of the text Meaning may not

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