Music Video and the Politics of Representation

Through its thorough overview of the music video as a visual medium, this is an ideal textbook for Media Studies students and all those with an interest in popular music and cultural studies.

Author: Diane Railton

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748633241

Category: Music

Page: 184

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How can we engage critically with music video and its role in popular culture? What do contemporary music videos have to tell us about patterns of cultural identity today? Based around an eclectic series of vivid case studies, this fresh and timely examination is an entertaining and enlightening analysis of the forms, pleasures, and politics that music videos offer. In rethinking some classic approaches from film studies and popular music studies and connecting them with new debates about the current 'state' of feminism and feminist theory, Railton and Watson show why and how we should be studying music videos in the twenty-first century. Through its thorough overview of the music video as a visual medium, this is an ideal textbook for Media Studies students and all those with an interest in popular music and cultural studies.

ReFocus The Films of Michel Gondry

Diane Railton and Paul Watson, Music Video and the Politics of Representation (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, ... Jason Middleton, “The Audio-Vision of Found-Footage Film and Video,” in Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to ...

Author: Marcelline Block

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474456036

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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In this book, a range of international scholars offers a comprehensive study of this significant and influential figure, covering his French and English-language films and videos, and framing Gondry as a transnational auteur whose work provides insight into both French/European and American cinematic and cultural identity.

Music Video After MTV

The Sociological Quarterly 35:1, (1994): 97. 74 Pace Railton and Watson, Music Video and the Politics of Representation, 43. 75 Kinder, “Music Video and the Specatator.” 76 Lynch, “From Performance to Dada.” 77 Bosæus and Ihlemann, ...

Author: Mathias Bonde Korsgaard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317208327

Category: Music

Page: 224

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Since the 1980s, music videos have been everywhere, and today almost all of the most-viewed clips on YouTube are music videos. However, in academia, music videos do not currently share this popularity. Music Video After MTV gives music video its due academic credit by exploring the changing landscapes surrounding post-millennial music video. Across seven chapters, the book addresses core issues relating to the study of music videos, including the history, analysis, and audiovisual aesthetics of music videos. Moreover, the book is the first of its kind to truly address the recent changes following the digitization of music video, including its changing cycles of production, distribution and reception, the influence of music videos on other media, and the rise of new types of online music video. Approaching music videos from a composite theoretical framework, Music Video After MTV brings music video research up to speed in several areas: it offers the first account of the research history of music videos, the first truly audiovisual approach to music video studies and it presents numerous inspiring case studies, ranging from classics by Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham to recent experimental and interactive videos that interrogate the very limits of music video.

PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance

Frith's work on music video suggests that it is the performance of the music over and above the music itself that is ... the political potential of music video representation whereby music video is a pervasive popular cultural form.

Author: Abigail Gardner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317080732

Category: Music

Page: 204

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PJ Harvey’s performances are premised on the core contention that she is somehow causing ’trouble’. Just how this trouble can be theorised within the context of the music video and what it means for a development of the ways we might conceptualise ’disruption’ and think about music video lies at the heart of this book. Abigail Gardner mixes feminist theory and critical models from film and video scholarship as a rich means of interrogating Harvey’s work and redefining her disruptive strategies. The book presents a rethinking of the masquerade that allies it to cultural memory, precipitated by Gardner’s claim that Harvey’s performances are conversations with the past, specifically with visualised memories of archetypes of femininity. Harvey’s masquerades emerge from her conversations and renegotiations with both national and transatlantic musical, visual and lyrical heritages. It is the first academic book to present analysis of Harvey’s music videos and opens up fresh avenues into exploring what is at stake in the video work of one of Britain’s premier singer-songwriters. It extends the discussion on music video to consider how to make sense of the rapidly developing digital environment in which it now sits. The interdisciplinary nature of the book should attract readers from a range of subject areas including popular music studies, cultural studies, media and communication studies, and gender studies.

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

See also Kyrölä, “Music Videos.” 15 See Kyrölä, “Music Videos”; Bradby, “Phallic Girls.” 16 bell hooks, Black Looks: Race and Representation (Boston, MA: South End Press, 1992), 4; Patricia Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics: African ...

Author: Lori A. Burns

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501342349

Category: Music

Page: 464

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Music videos promote popular artists in cultural forms that circulate widely across social media networks. With the advent of YouTube in 2005 and the proliferation of handheld technologies and social networking sites, the music video has become available to millions worldwide, and continues to serve as a fertile platform for the debate of issues and themes in popular culture. This volume of essays serves as a foundational handbook for the study and interpretation of the popular music video, with the specific aim of examining the industry contexts, cultural concepts, and aesthetic materials that videos rely upon in order to be both intelligible and meaningful. Easily accessible to viewers in everyday life, music videos offer profound cultural interventions and negotiations while traversing a range of media forms. From a variety of unique perspectives, the contributors to this volume undertake discussions that open up new avenues for exploring the creative changes and developments in music video production. With chapters that address music video authorship, distribution, cultural representations, mediations, aesthetics, and discourses, this study signals a major initiative to provide a deeper understanding of the intersecting and interdisciplinary approaches that are invoked in the analysis of this popular and influential musical form.

Re Inventing the Postcolonial in the Metropolis

clips on YouTube music videos, the genre has escaped the narrow confines of television, re-invented itself, ... 5 Diane Railton & Paul Watson, Music Video and the Politics of Representation (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2011): 7.

Author: Cecile Sandten

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004328761

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 462

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The volume Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis offers a wide-ranging collection of interdisciplinary essays by international scholars that address the postcolonial urban imaginary across five continents.

Music Video

(Broadway 1943; filmed 1955), [musical comedy], book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rodgers. ... Railton, D. and P. Watson (2011), Music Video and the Politics of Representation, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University ...

Author: Gina Arnold

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501313936

Category: Music

Page: 328

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This book is a lively, comprehensive and timely reader on the music video, capitalising on cross-disciplinary research expertise, which represents a substantial academic engagement with the music video, a mediated form and practice that still remains relatively under-explored in a 21st century context. The music video has remained suspended between two distinct poles. On the one hand, the music video as the visual sheen of late capitalism, at the intersection of celebrity studies and postmodernism. On the other hand, the music video as art, looking to a prehistory of avant-garde film-making while perpetually pushing forward the digital frontier with a taste for anarchy, controversy, and the integration of special effects into a form designed to be disseminated across digital platforms. In this way, the music video virally re-engenders debates about high art and low culture. This collection presents a comprehensive account of the music video from a contemporary 21st century perspective. This entails revisiting key moments in the canonical history of the music video, exploring its articulations of sexuality and gender, examining its functioning as a form of artistic expression between music, film and video art, and following the music video's dissemination into the digital domain, considering how digital media and social media have come to re-invent the forms and functions of the music video, well beyond the limits of “music television”.

On Popular Music and Its Unruly Entanglements

identity politics mobilized by music video aesthetics warrant deliberate scholarly scrutiny. ... Music Video and the Politics of Representation, Diane Railton and Paul Watson dispute what they see as the persisting view of music videos ...

Author: Nick Braae

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030180997

Category: Music

Page: 269

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On Popular Music and Its Unruly Entanglements comprises eleven essays that explore the myriad ways in which popular music is entwined within social, cultural, musical, historical, and media networks. The authors discuss genres as diverse as mainstream pop, hip hop, classic rock, instrumental synthwave, video game music, amateur ukelele groups, and audiovisual remixes, while also considering the music’s relationship to technological developments, various media and material(itie)s, and personal and social identity. The collection presents a range of different methodologies and theoretical positions, which results in an eclecticism that aptly demonstrates the breadth of contemporary popular music research. The chapters are divided into three major sections that address: wider theoretical and analytical issues (“Broad Strokes”), familiar repertoire or concepts from a new perspective (“Second Takes”), and the meanings to arise from music’s connections with other media forms (“Audiovisual Entanglements”).

Designing the Music Business

Design Culture, Music Video and Virtual Reality Guy Morrow. Playing with Rockets. (2015). ... If only he were you [Music video]. Odd Man out Records. ... Music video and the politics of representation.

Author: Guy Morrow

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030481148

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 201

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This book addresses the neglect of visual creativities and content, and how these are commercialised in the music industries. While musical and visual creativities drive growth, there is a lack of literature relating to the visual side of the music business, which is significant given that the production of meaning and value within this business occurs across a number of textual sites. Popular music is a multimedia, discursive, fluid, and expansive cultural form that, in addition to the music itself, includes album covers; gig and tour posters; music videos; set, stage, and lighting designs; live concert footage; websites; virtual reality/augmented reality technologies; merchandise designs; and other forms of visual content. As a result, it has become impossible to understand the meaning and value of music without considering its relation to these visual components and to the interrelationships between them. Using design culture theory, participant observation, interviews, case studies, and a visual methodology to explore the topic, this research-based book is a valuable study aid for undergraduate and postgraduate students of subjects including the music business, design, arts management, creative and cultural industries studies, business and management studies, and media and communications.

Unsettling Whiteness

Diane Railton and Paul Watson, Music Video and the Politics of Representation (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), 90-91. Ibid., 91. Ibid., 92. Margaret Hunter, 'Shake It, Baby, Shake It: Consumption and the New Gender Relation in ...

Author: Lucy Michael

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781848882829

Category: Social Science


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Iranian Cinema in a Global Context

In their book Music Video and the Politics of Representation, Diane Railton and Paul Watson attempt to recover music videos from the commonly held view that they are meaningless byproducts of capitalism or, even worse, irrelevant.21 ...

Author: Peter Decherney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317675198

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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Iranian films have been the subject of much critical and scholarly attention over the past several decades, and Iranian filmmakers are mainstays of international film festivals. Yet most of the attention has been focused on a small segment of Iranian film production: auteurist art cinema. Iranian Cinema in a Global Context, on the other hand, takes account of the wide range of Iranian cinema, from popular youth films to low budget underground films. The volume also reassesses the global circulation of Iranian art cinema, looking at its reception at international festivals, in university curricula, and at the Academy Awards. A final theme of the volume explores the intersection between politics and film, with essays on post-Khatami reform influences, representations of ineffective drug policies, and the representation of Jewish characters in Iranian film. Taken together, the essays in this volume present a new definition of the field of Iranian film studies, one that engages global media flows, transmedia interaction, and a heterogeneous Iranian national cinema.

The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics

chapter 28 music video transformed Mathias Bonde Korsgaard What is happening with music video? ... Music Video and the Politics of Representation (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011); and Joachim Strand, The Cinesthetic Montage ...

Author: John Richardson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199985098

Category: Music

Page: 752

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This handbook provides powerful ways to understand changes in the current media landscape. Media forms and genres are proliferating as never before, from movies, computer games and iPods to video games and wireless phones. This essay collection by recognized scholars, practitioners and non-academic writers opens discussion in exciting new directions.

Industrial Approaches to Media

Music Video and the Politics of Representation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Reiss, S., & Feineman, N. (2000). Thirty Frames Per Second: The Visionary Art of the Music Video. In H. N. Abrams, J. Richardson, C. Gorbman, ...

Author: Matthew Freeman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137551764

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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This guidebook, aimed at those interested in studying media industries, provides direction in ways best suited to collaborative dialogue between media scholars and media professionals. While the study of media industries is a focal point at many universities around the world – promising, as it might, rich dialogues between academia and industry – understandings of the actual methodologies for researching the media industries remain vague. What are the best methods for analysing the workings of media industries – and how does one navigate those methods in light of complex deterrents like copyright and policy, not to mention the difficulty of gaining access to the media industries? Responding to these questions, Industrial Approaches to Media offers practical, theoretical, and ethical principles for the field of media industry studies, providing its first full methodological exploration. It features key scholars such as Henry Jenkins, Michele Hilmes, Paul McDonald and Alisa Perren.

Soul in Seoul

While music videos promote music, Diane Railton and Paul Watson (2011) argue in Music Video and the Politics of Representation that the music video is both “a distinct media form with its own patterns of production, ...

Author: Crystal S. Anderson

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496830135

Category: Music

Page: 212

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K-pop (Korean popular music) reigns as one of the most popular music genres in the world today, a phenomenon that appeals to listeners of all ages and nationalities. In Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop, Crystal S. Anderson examines the most important and often overlooked aspect of K-pop: the music itself. She demonstrates how contemporary K-pop references and incorporates musical and performative elements of African American popular music culture as well as the ways that fans outside of Korea understand these references. K-pop emerged in the 1990s with immediate global aspirations, combining musical elements from Korean and foreign cultures, particularly rhythm and blues genres of black American popular music. Korean solo artists and groups borrow from and cite instrumentation and vocals of R&B genres, especially hip-hop. They also enhance the R&B tradition by utilizing Korean musical strategies. These musical citational practices are deemed authentic by global fans who function as part of K-pop’s music press and promotional apparatus. K-pop artists also cite elements of African American performance in Korean music videos. These disrupt stereotyped representations of Asian and African American performers. Through this process K-pop has arguably become a branch of a global R&B tradition. Anderson argues that Korean pop groups participate in that tradition through cultural work that enacts a global form of crossover and by maintaining forms of authenticity that cannot be faked, and furthermore propel the R&B tradition beyond the black-white binary.

The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music

Popular Music 20(3): 321–331. Railton, D. and P. Watson. 2011. Music and the Moving Image: Music Video and the Politics of Representation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Reddington, H. 2007. The Lost Women of Rock: Female ...

Author: John Shepherd

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135007911

Category: Music

Page: 386

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The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music offers the first collection of source readings and new essays on the latest thinking in the sociology of music. Interest in music sociology has increased dramatically over the past decade, yet there is no anthology of essential and introductory readings. The volume includes a comprehensive survey of the field’s history, current state and future research directions. It offers six source readings, thirteen popular contemporary essays, and sixteen fresh, new contributions, along with an extended Introduction by the editors. The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music represents a broad reference work that will be a resource for the current generation of sociologically inclined musicologists and musically inclined sociologists, whether researchers, teachers or students.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen

What cultural signifiers/representations and/or stereotypes are being circulated? ... Dianne Railton and Paul Watson's Music Video and the Politics of Representation (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2011) focuses on specific ...

Author: Melissa Blanco Borelli

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199897834

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 672

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The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen sets the agenda for the study of dance in popular moving images - films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and YouTube - and offers new ways to understand the multi-layered meanings of the dancing body by engaging with methodologies from critical dance studies, performance studies, and film/media analysis. Through thorough engagement with these approaches, the chapters demonstrate how dance on the popular screen might be read and considered through bodies and choreographies in moving media. Questions the contributors consider include: How do dance and choreography function within the filmic apparatus? What types of bodies are associated with specific dances and how does this affect how dance(s) is/are perceived in the everyday? How do the dancing bodies on screen negotiate power, access, and agency? How are multiple choreographies of identity (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation) set in motion through the narrative, dancing bodies, and/or dance style? What types of corporeal labors (dance training, choreographic skill, rehearsal, the constructed notion of "natural talent") are represented or ignored? What role does a specific film have in the genealogy of Hollywood dance film? How does the Hollywood dance film inform how dance operates in making cultural meanings? Whether looking at Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's tap steps in Stormy Weather, or Baby's leap into Johnny Castle's arms in Dirty Dancing, or even Neo's backwards bend in The Matrix, the book's arguments offer powerful new scholarship on dance in the popular screen.

Communication and Smart Technologies

Lindsay, S., Lyons, A.C.: “Pour it up, drink it up, live it up, give it up”: masculinity and alcohol in pop music videos. ... P.: Music video and the politics of representation (2011) Twitter and Politics: An Analysis of the Account of ...

Author: Álvaro Rocha

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811657924



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Music as Multimodal Discourse

Powers, Harold S. (1980), 'Language Models and Musical Analysis', Ethnomusicology 24(1): 1. <>. Railton, D. and Watson, P. (2011), Music Video and the Politics of Representation.

Author: Lyndon C. S. Way

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474264440

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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We communicate multimodally. Everyday communication involves not only words, but gestures, images, videos, sounds and of course, music. Music has traditionally been viewed as a separate object that we can isolate, discuss, perform and listen to. However, much of music's power lies in its use as multimodal communication. It is not just lyrics which lend songs their meaning, but images and musical sounds as well. The music industry, governments and artists have always relied on posters, films and album covers to enhance music's semiotic meaning. Music as Multimodal Discourse: Semiotics, Power and Protest considers musical sound as multimodal communication, examining the interacting meaning potential of sonic aspects such as rhythm, instrumentation, pitch, tonality, melody and their interrelationships with text, image and other modes, drawing upon, and extending the conceptual territory of social semiotics. In so doing, this book brings together research from scholars to explore questions around how we communicate through musical discourse, and in the discourses of music. Methods in this collection are drawn from Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Semiotics and Music Studies to expose both the function and semiotic potential of the various modes used in songs and other musical texts. These analyses reveal how each mode works in various contexts from around the world often articulating counter-hegemonic and subversive discourses of identity and belonging.

Subcultures Bodies and Spaces

Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture. London: MacMillan. Cubitt, S. (2002). ... Dancing in the Distraction Factory: Music, Television and Popular Culture. ... Music Video and the Politics of Representation.

Author: Samantha Holland

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781787565128

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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This edited collection provides sociological and cultural research that expands our understanding of the alternative, liminal or transgressive; theorizing the status of the alternative in contemporary culture and society.

Double Consciousness in Kendrick Lamar

Master's Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,5, University of Tubingen (Institut für Literaturwissenschaft), course: Staatsexamen, language: English, ...

Author: Francesco Caruana


ISBN: 3346236226


Page: 64

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Master's Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,5, University of Tubingen (Institut für Literaturwissenschaft), course: Staatsexamen, language: English, abstract: Throughout this paper the question is going to be answered, whether W.E.B. Du Bois' concept of double consciousness can be discerned in contemporary expressions of Hip Hop culture. Furthermore, it is going to be explored how this concept can be visually represented by analyzing Kendrick Lamar's music video to the song Alright from the Album To Pimp a Butterfly. First, a definition of Du Bois' concept of double consciousness is going to be given in order to delineate the characteristics and possible interpretations of it. The concept is going to be defined as an internal conflict that expresses the hardship of reconciling two distinct perspectives and identities into one body. Moreover, formal aspects of The Souls of Black Folk are going to provide evidence for the argument, that Du Bois writing style facilitates the communication of the concept of double consciousness throughout his work. The effects of double consciousness and the importance of cultural expressions in the process of finding one's own cultural identity are also going to be analyzed in more detail in the second chapter of this paper. In order to analyze Kendrick Lamar's music video, a brief introduction to the medium is going to be given. Through Keazor's and Wübbena's work the origins of this medium will be determined and presented. Moreover, the most important technical elements of the music video in general are going to be mentioned as well. Railton and Watson propose in their work Music Video and the Politics of Representation a systematic categorization of music videos, by identifying four different type of music videos: 1. Pseudo-Documentary music video, 2. Art music video, 3. Narrative music video and 4. Staged Performance music video (Railton and Wa