Analyzing Popular Music by Allan F. Moore

By Allan F. Moore

How will we "know" song? We practice it, compose it, sing it within the bathe; cook dinner, sleep and dance to it. finally we predict and write approximately it. This ebook represents the end result of such shared approaches. Portraying quite a lot of genres (rock, dance, television soundtracks, state, pop, soul, effortless listening, Turkish Arabesk), the essays conceal method, modernism, postmodernism, Marxism and conversation.

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Digital reverb creates a warm, sensuous acoustic space for his utterances. In terms of radio station genres, Kenny G is usually classed as ‘Smooth Jazz’, which currently has the fastest-growing advertising revenues of any format (Michaelson 1996; see also Kohlhasse 1997). The genre developed in the late 1960s and 1970s with musicians such as George Benson, Herb Alpert, Pat Metheny and Spyro Gyra, but it wasn’t until the later success of Kenny G, Sade, Toni Braxton, Anita Baker, and other artists that a dedicated radio outlet developed for such music.

What one takes to be a musical phrase is strictly speaking a musical matter, and one which it is not my aim to present here. Verbal and musical phrasing come together in aspects of rhythm: compare the discussion of musical phrasing in Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1983: 12–104) with Attridge (1995). 1. 10 I first put the concept of verbal space forward in Griffiths (1992). My thanks to Simon Frith for having dug up this obscure reference on pp. 199–200 of Performing Rites. 43 X Last X night I X X X these X Come on!

22 Sympathetic posters on the classicsax discussion list have made some of the same comments about Kenny G’s technique that I make here. Some opponents then counter by claiming that there is no ‘emotion’ in Kenny G’s playing; others say that the problem is that there is nothing but emotion. html, posted 26 June 1999. 34 popular music analysis: ten apothegms and four instances experienced: perhaps the problem is not with techniques but rather with sensibilities. A good example of Kenny G’s approach is ‘The Joy of Life’ (1992), the opening track of his album Breathless, the best-selling instrumental album in history.

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