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This is the first textbook on Pop Music to be written after the start of the iPod era. The book is organized in accessible sections which cover the main themes of research and teaching. It examines the key approaches to understanding popular music, the main settings of exchange and consumption, the role of technology in the production of popular music, the main genres of popular music, and the key debates of the present day.Barbazon writes with verve and penetration. Her approach starts with how most people actually consume music today and transfers this onto the plain of study. The organization of the material enables teachers and students to shuffle from one topic to the next. Yet the book provides an unparalleled network to the core library of concepts and issues in the field. As such, it is the perfect study guide for undergraduates located in this exciting and expanding field.

Sonic Architecture/Soundscape
Sonic architecture/soundscape

A soundscape emerges when fusing sound and landscape. In the context of Popular Music: Topics, Trends and Trajectories, this word offers a strategy to link a place with popular music. A soundscape is much more expansive than popular music alone. Andrew Blake stated that,

Music surrounds us so thoroughly that we hardly ever ask what it means. Part of the answer is that it helps to give a sense of place. It is time to explore this geography of sound, the relationship between sound and space. Listen to your environment. You'll hear some or all of: birdsong, wind, traffic, office or domestic equipment such as fans or kettles, and music. Music from cars, out of doors and windows, from your own radio. Television, ...

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