MUSGEN 3014 - Music, Media & Contemporary Society III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course examines the use and meaning of music in a range of media contexts in contemporary society. It draws on examples of music media such as audio recordings, feature films, animated cartoons, television shows and advertisements, video games, radio, and background music. Part of the focus of the course is on the interconnectedness of musical practices brought about through music-oriented technology. This may be seen especially in the general impact of recording technology on all forms of music-making and consumption, but also in the business and promotional practices associated with the global music industry, and in issues related to music copyright. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to critically examine and discuss aspects of musical aesthetics, behaviour, function, and meaning.

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