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    Fraktale Strukturen im Hard Rock : "Back In Black" (AC/DC), "Highway Star" (Deep Purple) und "The Future Never Dies" (Scorpions) im Fokus einer musikanalytischen Perspektive
    (2014) Kaiser, Ulrich
    The following research starts with the observation that in some hard rock songs a close relationship can be established between the initially exposed material of the vocals and the harmonies within the whole song. The disclosure of the epistemo-logical position is followed by references to recent essays regarding harmony in rock music by Walter Everett, Nicole Biamonte and David Temperley. Analyses of "Back in Black" by AC/DC, "Highway Star" by Deep Purple and "The Future Never Dies" by Scorpions form the essay´s main part.
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    Der Sound der Stille: Portisheads "Silence"
    (2014) Pahner, Patrick
    The analysis of Portishead´s track »Silence« (2008) tries to interpret its numerous functional and semantic layers, e.g. temporal »confusion« achieved by a certain rhythmical ambiguity, the apparently fragmented lyrics, or the song´s former name »Wicca« etc. The interaction of these layers evokes a complex auditive perception, which I characterise as a feeling of »cohesionless coherence«. Finally, »Silence«´s unique sound, which presumably can be described as a balancing act between high and low fidelity, is taken into further consideration.
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    Vokale Ausdrucksmuster im Kontext von Star-Images und kulturellen Stereotypen : eine exemplarische Analyse der Vokalstile von Bert Williams und Bing Crosby
    (2014) Hähnel, Tilo
    Assuming that star images are interrelated with cultural stereotypes, the present article analyses vocal expression as a means to shape both, images and stereotypes, and control their relationship. An investigation into the vocal style of blackface comedian Bert Williams exemplifies how vocal expression counterpoints a stage persona in a way that allows the star persona to shine through. Bing Crosby is used as a second example to show how vocal expression is related to star images and stereotypes when both are defined ex negativo and characterised as being »normal«.
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    Das musikschaffende Subjekt im historischen Wandel : vom Künstler-Ideal zum kreativ-unternehmerischen Selbst
    (2014) Just, Steffen
    This essay examines the historical dimensions of the production of the musicmaking subject. The first part focuses on the modern conditions under which a distinctive concept of the music-making subject as »autonomous artist« could arise. The second part focuses on contemporary subject productions in popular music with a particular interest in one recent model: the music-making subject as »creative-entrepreneurial self«. This model is exemplified by a reading of self-help literature for musicians. By that, I attempt to show how music-making is guided through historical and culturally distinct (self)understandings of the subjects involved.
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    Methoden zur Analyse der vokalen Gestaltung populärer Musik
    (2014) Hähnel, Tilo; Marx, Tobias; Pfleiderer, Martin
    Although voice and singing play a crucial role in many genres of popular music, to date there are only few approaches to an in-depth exploration of vocal expression. The paper aims at presenting new ways for describing, analysing and visualizing several aspects of singing using computer-based tools. After outlining a theoretical framework for the study of voice and singing in popular music, some of those tools are introduced and exemplified by vocal recordings from various genres (blues, gospel music, country music, jazz). Firstly, pitch gliding (slurs, slides, bends, melismas) and vibrato are discussed referring to a computer-based visualization of pitch contour. Secondly, vocal timbre and phonation (e.g. vocal roughness) are explored and visualized using spectrograms.
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    Geschichtsbilder von populärer Musik bei Musiklehrern verschiedener Schularten : eine quantitative Studie
    (2014) Brunner, Georg
    There is a lack of research in exploring music teachers views on the history of popular music. In this study, qualitative (interviews) and quantitative methods were mixed: six teachers were interviewed, 338 participants responded to a questionnaire. The main questions were: a) What historical images and ways of dealing with popular music are present in the consciousness of music teachers? b) Are there differences by school type, gender, age and type of musician? c) What impact has the university education and instrumental training on the teachers historical image of popular music and on their ways of dealing with it? It shows that popular music within the music studies at universities gains more importance. Nevertheless, the relevance of private studies predominates among young teachers as well as other influences (friends, media, own pupils). This article shows the significant differences between classical and jazz or pop-/rock-orientated music teachers as well as coherences between school type, gender, age and historical images and ways of dealing (e.g. types of musicians, knowledge, using information sources, musical preferences).
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    Deutsche Musik in der Prime Time des Radios
    (2014) Einenkel, Maxi; Fecho, Susanne; Scholz, Nina
    Over 80% of the German population listen to the radio every day. For them the music is more important than the news broadcast. The authors of this paper wanted to know under what aspects the music program in German radio is planned. Therefore two mainstream radio stations in Hessen, hr3 and Hit Radio FFH, were chosen to evaluate the playlists of their prime time morning show over a period of several weeks. Afterwards the authors led interviews with the head of FFH and the music director of hr3. This research focuses on the question to what extend German radio plays German or rather German-speaking music and if there are differences between private and public-serving broadcasting. Furthermore it questions the stations´ attitudes towards a legal radio quota agreement of German music.