By David Machin
Popular track is much greater than simply songs we hearken to; its meanings also are in album covers, lyrics, subcultures, voices and video soundscapes. Like language those parts can be utilized to speak complicated cultural principles, values, techniques and identities.
Analysing well known track is a full of life examine the semiotic assets present in the sounds, visuals and phrases that contain the ‘code e-book’ of well known tune. It explains precisely how well known tune involves suggest a lot. jam-packed with examples, workouts and a thesaurus, this booklet offers the reader with the data and abilities they should perform their very own analyses of songs, soundtracks, lyrics and album covers.
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Extra resources for Analysing Popular Music: Image, Sound and Text
But how we have so far described these visual cues is in terms of ‘affect’, through adjectives. So we have described a photographic style in terms of ‘scruffiness’, ‘realism’, a font in terms of ‘strength’ and ‘wistful’. But jumping immediately to such descriptions of affect means that we miss out on precision in our observations. And such an approach to analysis is basically ad hoc. In other words, we make our interpretations as we go along. So, on the one hand we need to provide a way of being more careful in our observations, and on the other provide a form of analysis that is to some degree predictive.
Other symbols we have considered so far are the red wine on the Oasis sleeve which in Britain, although certainly not in southern European societies, means sophistication. On The Clash cover we see one of the band members wearing a shirt that carries a Union flag. In British punk culture this symbol was worn out of irony and a sense of disrespect. One of the McFly members wears half-length trousers connoting skater culture. Bands are able to build up a sense of their identity by using such symbols.
In compositions different levels of focus can be used to give salience to an element. It can be heightened to exaggerate details. Or focus can be reduced. On the Dylan sleeve the background is out of focus giving him salience. This is not about where he is, just about him. Foregrounding Simply foregrounding creates importance. Elements that are further back may become subordinate. On the Big L sleeve he is foregrounded, although the people in the background take up more of the space. Album Iconography Focus 49 The Burt Bacharach photo on the Oasis sleeve is positioned in the foreground.
Analysing Popular Music: Image, Sound and Text by David Machin