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Switched on pop : how popular music works, and why it matters

Sloan, Nate 1986- (author.). Harding, Charlie, 1986- (author.). Gottlieb, Iris, (illustrator.).

Summary: 'Switched on Pop' illuminates the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs. The text moves through close studies of 16 modern pop classics by artists from Beyoncé to Zedd, each chapter bringing out key aspects of a particular song as well as introducing core concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and timbre. As the work progresses, more complex concepts such as syncopation, counterpoint, rhyme, and modulation are covered, culminating in an examination of genre, identity, and musical meaning. Accessible prose and engaging illustrations break down pop hits and musical ideas in clear, jargon-free language, and point toward a new way of listening to the modern soundtrack of pop.

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  • ISBN: 9780190056650
  • ISBN: 0190056657
  • ISBN: 9780190056674
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : Switched on pop : Meter : Carly Rae Jepsen-"Call me maybe" -- Y'all don't want to hear me, you just want to dance : Meter : Outkast-"Hey ya!" -- A star's melodic signature : Melody : Taylor Swift-"You belong with me" -- The harmonic hero's journey : Harmony : Fun ft. Janelle Monáe-"We are young" -- When the drop broke the pop song : Form : Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris-"We found love" -- A voice without a face : Timbre : Sia-"Chandelier" -- Painting a musical masterpiece : Lyric : Justin Timberlake-"What goes around...comes around" -- What makes pop so catchy : The hook : Ariana Grande ft. Zedd-"Break free" -- Sometimes the truth don't rhyme : Rhyme : Drake-"God's plan" -- Drunk on rhythm : Syncopation : Kendrick Lamar-"Swimming pools (drank)" -- Music takes you higher : Modulation : Beyoncé-"Love on top" -- The performance of identity : Counterpoint : Britney Spears-"Oops@...I did it again" -- Is collage a crime? : Sampling : M.I.A.-"Paper planes" -- Shock, awe, and synthesis : Sound design : Skrillex-"Scary monsters and nice sprites" -- Finding home in the harmonic diaspora : Tonal ambiguity : Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee-"Despacito" -- Does pop have a sound? : Genre : Kelly Clarkson-"Since U been gone" -- I like everything...except country and hip hop : Musical identity : Jay Z and Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean, Toby Keith-"Made in America" -- Conclusion : The past, present, and future of silly little love songs : Paul McCartney-"Get enough".
Subject: Popular music 2001-2010 History and criticism
Popular music 2011-2020 History and criticism
Popular music Analysis, appreciation
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
Popular music
Popular music Analysis, appreciation
Musikalische Analyse
Musikalischer Stil
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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