Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
MUSI2143 Approaches to the Analysis of Popular Music 3–5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
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Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
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School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies

General description

Time: Tue 6.10.2015, 10-12, Wed 7.10.2015, 16-18, Thu 8.10.2015, 10-12, Fri 9.10.2015, 10-12

Place: Hovi lecture hall, Sirkkala

General Description: This course will consider four angles from which to approach recorded popular music. The initial lecture will introduce an analytical model that divides musical parameters in three categories: abstract parameters (melody, lyrics, accompaniment, form, etc.); performatory parameters (timbre, microvariations of pitch and timing, etc); and technological parameters (spatialization, loudness, echo, etc.). The second lecture will be devoted to the study of the voice in popular music through the concept of “phonostylistics”: what is it that makes the singing voice so fascinating? What parameters are involved in the communication of emotions? How does technology contribute to this process? The third lecture will consider how recorded popular songs work as phonographic narratives: How can we account for the characters impersonated by the singer? How do his/her other identity levels interact? How does the music contribute to the narrative organization? Finally, the fourth lecture will look at popular music as an intertextual practice through a model of “transphonography”: how can we account for the many ways different recorded songs interact with each other. For example, how can we study covers, sampling, mix tapes, parodies, etc.? 

Participation: Lectures, readings, discussions, study diary and essay

Evaluation: Numeric 0-5

Responsible teachers:

Serge Lacasse: contact person Yrjö Heinonen UTU


6-Oct-2015 – 9-Oct-2015


Numeric 0-5.

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