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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 53477
Semester WiSe 2023/24 SWS 2
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Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache englisch
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Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Gebäude Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer/-innen
Di. 12:00 bis 14:00 wöch 401 (Seminarraum)
Stockwerk: 3. OG

Kupfer5 Institutsgebäude - Am Kupfergraben 5 (AKU 5)

  findet statt     1000
Gruppe 1:

Zugeordnete Person
Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Butler, Mark J., Professor, Dr. verantwortlich
Abschluss Studiengang LP Semester
Bachelor of Arts  Musikwissenschaft Kernfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2017 )   -  
Bachelor of Arts  Musikwissenschaft Zweitfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2017 )   -  
Bachelor of Science  Musikwissenschaft Zweitfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2017 )   -  
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft

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Der Beginn des Seminars findet am 24.10. statt.

Written assignments may be submitted in German or English.


This course introduces students to the description, analysis, and interpretation of popular music. We will focus mainly on the music of popular music, exploring (1) how it is structured, patterned, and organized, and (2) how it achieves its effects. We will consider various stylistically relevant musical features, such as form, melody, harmony, timbre, rhythm, and sound design. Students will build their skills in identifying and describing salient features in popular works, and they will learn to produce their own critically informed close readings of individual popular songs. We'll also look at ways others have modeled these skills. A wide range of musical styles will be discussed, though the course is not intended as a historical survey.


Adorno, Theodor W. 2002. “On Popular Music.” In Essays on Music: Theodor W. Adorno, edited by Susan H. Gillespie and Richard D. Leppert, 437–69. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Bennett, Samantha. 2018. Modern Records, Maverick Methods: Technology and Process in Popular Music Record Production 1978–2000. London: Bloomsbury.

Brennan, Matt. 2020. Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit. New York: Oxford University Press.

Butler, Mark J. 2006. Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music. Profiles in Popular Music. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Covach, John. 2005. “Form in Rock Music: A Primer.” In Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis, edited by Deborah Stein, 65–76. New York: Oxford University Press.

Dockwray, Ruth, and Allan F. Moore. 2010. “Configuring the Sound-Box 1965–1972.” Popular Music 29 (2): 181–97.

Duguay, Michèle. 2022. “Analyzing Vocal Placement in Recorded Virtual Space.” Music Theory Online 28 (4).

Everett, Walter. 2009. The Foundations of Rock: From “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Frith, Simon. 1996. “Chapter 1: The Value Problem in Cultural Studies.” In Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music, 3–20. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Malawey, Victoria. 2020. A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice. Oxford Studies in Music Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.

Moore, Allan F. 2012. Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Nettl, Bruno. 2005. “I Can’t Say a Thing until I’ve Seen the Score: Transcription.” In The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-One Issues and Concepts, 74–91. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Sloan, Nate. 2021. “Taylor Swift and the Work of Songwriting.” Contemporary Music Review 40 (1): 11—26.

Sloan, Nate, and Charlie Harding. 2020. Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters. Switched On Pop. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tagg, Philip. 2014. Everyday Tonality II: Towards a Tonal Theory of What Most People Hear. 2.6.5. 2 vols. New York: The Mass Media Music Scholars’ Press.

Temperley, David. 2018. The Musical Language of Rock. New York: Oxford University Press.

Appen, Ralf van, and Markus Frei-Hauenschild. 2014. “AABA, Refrain, Chorus, Bridge, PreChorus — Songformen und ihre historische Entwicklung.” In Black Box Pop: Analysen populäre Musik, edited by Dietrich Helms and Thomas Phleps, 57–124. Germany: transcript.

Wallmark, Zachary. 2022. Nothing but Noise: Timbre and Musical Meaning at the Edge. New York: Oxford University Press.

Winkler, Peter. 1997. “Writing Ghost Notes: The Poetics and Politics of Transcription.” In Keeping Score: Music, Disciplinarity, Culture, 169–203.


Mündliche Prüfung am 20.02.2024


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2023/24. Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024.
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