An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal

An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal

by John Richardson
     
 

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The music we hear is always inhabited by voices of previous performances. Because listening is now so often accompanied by moving images, this process is more complex than ever. Music videos, television and film music, interactive video games, and social media are now part of the contemporary listening experience.

In An Eye for Music, author John Richardson

Overview

The music we hear is always inhabited by voices of previous performances. Because listening is now so often accompanied by moving images, this process is more complex than ever. Music videos, television and film music, interactive video games, and social media are now part of the contemporary listening experience.

In An Eye for Music, author John Richardson navigates key areas of current thought - from music theory to film theory to cultural theory - to explore what it means that the experience of music is now cinematic, spatial, and visual as much as it is auditory. Richardson maps out the terrain of recent audiovisual production over a wide array of styles and practices, and sketches out a set of common structures that inform how we experience sound and vision. Whether examining Philip Glass or The Gorillaz, Richard Linklater's Waking Life or Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, Richardson's arguments are both fascinating and provocative.

Editorial Reviews

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"This book unveils the 'audiovisual surreal,' a key emerging tendency in digital audiovisual culture. In zeroing in on his subject in ways both exacting and generous, John Richardson invites the reader to participate in the heady pleasures of theorizing with a bustling crowd that includes Sigmund Freud and Simon Frith, Michel Gondry and Tsai Ming-Liang, Susan Sontag and Georges Bataille, T.W. Adorno and Madonna." —Claudia Gorbman, author of Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music

"A breathtakingly interdisciplinary study of contemporary media-music forms. Using the lens of neo-surrealism, Richardson guides us through digital culture, music video, online mashups, and films that reroute traditional musical meaning, function and sense. Required reading for anyone interested in tapping the rich potential of contemporary audiovisual culture."—Caryl Flinn, author of Strains of Utopia and Brass Diva

"This book opens up an exciting area for audiovisual analysis. It abounds with original perspectives that will sustain the attention of scholars who have an eye for contemporary and popular forms of musical expression." —Stan Hawkins, author of Settling the Pop Score and The British Pop Dandy

"Explores the cinematic, spatial and visual aspects of music today; topics include the music of Philip Glass and the films Waking Life and Be Kind Rewind, by Richard Linklater and Michael Gondry."—The Chronicle Review

"[A]n articulate, dense, theoretically driven text saturated with references to musicology, art, film, and cultural criticism." —Twentieth Century Music

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195367379
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/14/2011
Series:
Oxford Music/Media Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Richardson is Professor of Musicology at the University of Turku in Finland and author of Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass's Akhnaten (1999).

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