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Making music mean: on functions of, and knowledge about, narrative music in multimedia
Luleå University of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7097-3380
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2008. , 70 p.
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1544 ; 43
Keyword [en]
Film music, game music, media music, multimodality, music education, musical knowledge, narrative music, social semiotics
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13437OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13437DiVA: diva2:676875
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Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-07 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Narrative music, visuals and meaning in film
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Narrative music, visuals and meaning in film
2010 (English)In: Visual Communication, ISSN 1470-3572, E-ISSN 1741-3214, Vol. 9, no 2, 193-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Narrative media music, music used for narrative purposes in multimedia such as film, television or computer games, is becoming one of the largest sources of musical experience in our daily lives. Though typically experienced on an unconscious and unreflected level, this kind of music actively contributes narrative meaning in multimodal interplay with image, speech and sound effects. Often, what we (think we) see is to a large degree determined by what we hear. Using Halliday’s (1978) metafunctions of communication as a starting point, two short film scenes (from Jaws and The Secret of My Success) are examined, with a focus on the intermodal relationships of music and image. The examples illustrate how musical and visual expressions combine to form multimodal statements where the whole is certainly different than the sum of the parts.

Keyword
Film music, metafunctions, multimodality, social semiotics, musical semiotics, narrative music
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-13432 (URN)10.1177/1470357210369886 (DOI)000280608500004 ()
Available from: 2013-12-07 Created: 2013-12-07 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved
2. Young adolescents’ usage of narrative functions of media music by manipulation of musical expression
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2008 (English)In: Psychology of Music, ISSN 0305-7356, E-ISSN 1741-3087, Vol. 36, no 2, 193-214 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates usage and knowledge of musical narrative functions in contemporary multimedia. A group of young adolescents were given the task of adapting musical expression, using the non-verbal research tool REMUPP, to fit different visual scenes shown on a computer screen. This was accomplished by manipulating seven musical parameters: instrumentation, tempo, harmonic complexity, rhythmic complexity, register, articulation and reverb. They also answered a questionnaire giving information about their musical training and media habits. Numerical data from the manipulation of the musical parameters were analysed to search for tendencies within the group with regard to the musical expression in relation to the different visual scenes shown. The results showed a large degree of in-group consensus regarding narrative functions of music, indicating knowledge about musical narrative codes and conventions. Also, the results were clearly influenced by factors such as the participants' musical training, gender and habits of music listening, playing computer games and watching movies — highlighting the complexity of learning and pointing to the impact of the increasing availability of narrative media on our attitudes and knowledge.

Keyword
musical functions, musical parameters, narrative music
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-13433 (URN)10.1177/0305735607085012 (DOI)
Available from: 2013-12-07 Created: 2013-12-07 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved
3. Making meaning of media music: expressions of knowledge about musical narrative functions
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Learning
Research subject
Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-13461 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-09 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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