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Author Sloan, Nate, 1986-
Title Switched on pop : how popular music works, and why it matters / Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding ; illustration by Iris Gottlieb.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Author Sloan, Nate, 1986-
Subject Popular music -- 2001-2010 -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- 2011-2020 -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Analysis, appreciation.
Alt Name Harding, Charlie, 1986-
Gottlieb, Iris,
Description 1 online resource (viii, 201 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 'Switched on Pop' illuminates the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs. The text moves through close studies of 16 modern pop classics by artists from Beyonce to Zedd, each chapter bringing out key aspects of a particular song as well as introducing core concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and timbre. As the work progresses, more complex concepts such as syncopation, counterpoint, rhyme, and modulation are covered, culminating in an examination of genre, identity, and musical meaning. Accessible prose and engaging illustrations break down pop hits and musical ideas in clear, jargon-free language, and point toward a new way of listening to the modern soundtrack of pop.
Contents Introduction : Switched on pop : Meter : Carly Rae Jepsen-"Call me maybe" -- Y'all don't want to hear me, you just want to dance : Meter : Outkast-"Hey ya!" -- A star's melodic signature : Melody : Taylor Swift-"You belong with me" -- The harmonic hero's journey : Harmony : Fun ft. Janelle Monae-"We are young" -- When the drop broke the pop song : Form : Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris-"We found love" -- A voice without a face : Timbre : Sia-"Chandelier" -- Painting a musical masterpiece : Lyric : Justin Timberlake-"What goes around...comes around" -- What makes pop so catchy : The hook : Ariana Grande ft. Zedd-"Break free" -- Sometimes the truth don't rhyme : Rhyme : Drake-"God's plan" -- Drunk on rhythm : Syncopation : Kendrick Lamar-"Swimming pools (drank)" -- Music takes you higher : Modulation : Beyonce-"Love on top" -- The performance of identity : Counterpoint : Britney Spears-"Oops!...I did it again" -- Is collage a crime? : Sampling : M.I.A.-"Paper planes" -- Shock, awe, and synthesis : Sound design : Skrillex-"Scary monsters and nice sprites" -- Finding home in the harmonic diaspora : Tonal ambiguity : Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee-"Despacito" -- Does pop have a sound? : Genre : Kelly Clarkson-"Since U been gone" -- I like everything...except country and hip hop : Musical identity : Jay Z and Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean, Toby Keith-"Made in America" -- Conclusion : The past, present, and future of silly little love songs : Paul McCartney-"Get enough".
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed June 9, 2020)
ISBN 9780190056681 electronic book
0190056681 electronic book
9780190056674 electronic bk.
0190056673 electronic bk.
9780190056667 electronic bk.
0190056665 electronic bk.
9780190056650 hardcover alk. paper
0190056657 hardcover alk. paper
OCLC # 1120116068
Additional Format Print version: Sloan, Nate, 1986- Switched on pop. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020] 9780190056650 (DLC) 2019007775 (OCoLC)1088670356.

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