Bowie: some thoughts

Was I always a fan of David Bowie? Not particularly. I mean, I quite liked him as Jareth in the wacky cult movie Labyrinth, for which he penned much of the soundtrack. Cue saxophones, bursting singalongs by a jaded romantic prince-villain, and rousing lullabies to a borrowed/stolen baby. Weird, right? I'd expect nothing less of him. During… Continue reading Bowie: some thoughts

How do personal stereos impact our cultural behaviours?

The Apple iPod was introduced in 2001, its innovative features and interface finding a key place in the music industry by combining the technology of computing software and music stereos. Users  could suddenly mobilise their desires upon their own media items: moving, mashing-up, unbundling and sharing.Users of these and other multimedia devices are made to… Continue reading How do personal stereos impact our cultural behaviours?

Performing ‘the other’ in music video

How do music videos reinforce or subvert bodily performance of 'the other' gender? NOTE: ESSAY AND VIDEO CONTAIN EXPLICIT CONTENT ‘Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, because it’s ok to be a boy - but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, because you think… Continue reading Performing ‘the other’ in music video

Narrative economy in music video

An analysis of narrative codes (in particular, symbols and motifs) in the music video ‘Special Cases’. ‘Art is a system which is pure, no unit ever goes wasted, however long, however loose, however tenuous may be the thread connecting it to one of the levels of the story.’ Barthes, 1977, pp. 89-90 Sequence: Special Cases,… Continue reading Narrative economy in music video