The Music Video
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NMUS 3701
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Music History, Theory & Criticism
- Media Studies
This course traces the history of the music video from the early 1980s to the present, exploring the connections and interrelations between culture, film and television, and music. We explore and analyze techniques such as the use of editing to create a visual landscape and reinforce the rhythm or form of the music. We survey video genres and the use of setting to trigger cultural associations in listeners, such as outdoor settings in hip-hop videos, as in Lauryn Hill’s "Doo-Wop (That Thing)," and fantasy settings in pop videos, as in Duran Duran’s "Wild Boys." We discuss sexuality, gender, and ethnicity and look at how their portrayal has changed over time, to bring us Lady Gaga's "Judas" and Ricky Martin's "Livin’ La Vida Loca."