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

Authors and Corporations: Sloan, Nate (Author), Harding, Charlie (Author), Gottlieb, Iris (Illustrator)
Title: Switched on pop: how popular music works, and why it matters/ Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding ; illustrations by Iris Gottlieb
Language: English
New York, NY Oxford University Press [2020]
© 2020
Series: Oxford scholarship online
Item Description: 1 Online-Ressource (viii, 201 Seiten); Illustrationen, Notenbeispiele ; Includes bibliographical references and index. - Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on July 31, 2019)
ISBN: 9780190056681
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190056650.001.0001
'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.