Popular music is far more than just songs we listen to; its meanings are also in album covers, lyrics, subcultures, voices and video soundscapes. Like language these elements can be used to communicate complex cultural ideas, values, concepts and identities.

Analysing Popular Music is a lively look at the semiotic resources found in the sounds, visuals and words that comprise the ‘code book’ of popular music. It explains exactly how popular music comes to mean so much. Packed with examples, exercises and a glossary, this book provides the reader with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their own analyses of songs, soundtracks, lyrics and album covers.

Written for students with no prior musical knowledge, Analysing Popular Music is the perfect toolkit for students in sociology, media and communication studies to analyze, understand, and celebrate, popular music.

Analysing Music in Video and Television

Analysing music in video and television

This chapter brings together the tools developed over the preceding chapters to analyse the use of music and sound in different genres of video. The aim, drawing on these tools, and on Halliday's (1978) work on clause relations in language, is to transcribe videos in a way that allows us to best describe and analyse the way that sound, image and word work together multimodally, to show how they interrelate to form a single communicative act. For example, over previous chapters it has been shown that we can consider the levels of modality found in the different communicative modes. We ask in the following analyses how these are the same or different in each ...

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