Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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"Wired for sound." Developments, Analyses and Meanings of the Pop Sound

With the electrification of popular music, sound has become a central aspect of popular music, its medial distribution, and the development of its genres. As debated in many fields of research like the Sound Studies or the Art of Record Production, sound is more than just a necessity of producing popular music with technology. It also is a mediator of music, marker of subcultures and ideologies, communicator, and constitutive element of many genres.

This seminar discusses the production and meaning of the pop-sound. Subsequent to an introduction to relevant disciplines, we will get acquainted with contemporary methods of analysing popular music and sound. During the semester, the students will work on research projects of their own, which will be presented and discussed at the end of the semester.

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