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Towards a social semiotics of rhythm in popular music
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3295-3602
2013 (English)In: Semiotica, ISSN 0037-1998, E-ISSN 1613-3692, Vol. 197, p. 119-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There have been attempts to describe rhythm in technical and musicological terms, yet it has remained one of the most elusive aspects of music for theorists as it is comprised of a range of interacting sounds. This article explores the contribution that could be made by a social semiotic approach to rhythm in popular music. The paper provides an inventory of sound qualities that can be seen as a set of meaning potentials for the creation of certain kinds of "groove" or "movement" in music, since these have different kinds of associations in terms of ideas, moods, and attitudes.

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2013. Vol. 197, p. 119-140
Keywords [en]
social semiotics, rhythm, multimodality, popular music
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Humanities
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32537DOI: 10.1515/sem-2013-0084ISI: 000326087500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-32537DiVA, id: diva2:667464
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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