Welcome to the home of free, clear and reliable video lessons in music theory. Music theory is the language of music and is knowledge every musician should have. Whether you are studying music at school, college or university, learning an instrument or just interested in music generally, the videos on this site are designed to supplement your learning at your own pace. All videos on this site have been produced by Stephen Wiles — a highly qualified and experienced music teacher, currently the Head of e-Learning and Teacher of Music at a high-achieving independent school in Sheffield, UK.
…The Semiotics of Stars: It must Be Written within Music Videos
Abstract E : This article builds a semiotic framework for the understanding of popular music videos, arguing that the key to such understanding is the figure of the star. Far from being chaotic visualizations of a song, music videos turn out to be tight constructions, featuring the star as narrator, character and ultimately as the central instigator of a universe that is utopian in nature and poetic in structure. Keywords : Music videos, semiotics, pop stars, image, utopia. Music videos often have been characterized as the ultimate medium of the postmodern world. At least that is how the majority of the academic and educated world perceives them. Using Frederic Jameson's terms, music videos have been defined as a schizophrenic string of isolated, discontinuous signifiers, failing to link up into a coherent sequence, as a string without a center. The critical condemnation of the music video object and the reduction of the medium to shallowness and superficiality however have in no way reduced the influence of the phenomenon, as its omniscience and penetration into capitalist society have been protruding steadily over the last few decades. The fact that MTV has become the ultimate forum on which youth culture is both expressed and constructed has transformed the music video not only into the most effective tool for promotion within the music industry, but also into a powerful ideological force.
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