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The Cultural Study of Music Technology 3-5 ECTS

Period II, Wednesdays 12 AM -2 PM starting on 28th October 2015

at seminar room Hovi at Sirkkala / Artium, Kaivokatu 12

Teacher: Tuomas Auvinen

Throughout history technologies and their development have always played a major role in how we make, listen, experience and think about music. Especially the emergence and development of music technologies in the 20th century, such as audio recording, multi-track music production, portable listening devices and most recently digital technologies has revolutionized the way we relate to music in both the production and the consumption ends, making most contemporary music inseparably bound to technologies. The course offers a cultural approach to the study of music technology. Lecture themes include for instance the influence of music technologies to cultural meanings, music technology and cultural identities, music technology and acoustic music, music technology and everyday life, studio production, classical music and music technology, music technology and the consumption of music and the effect of digital music technologies on the music industry. Participation: Lectures, readings, discussions and essay

S2. Theories and Methods of Popular Culture Studies 5 ECTS

Period II, First meeting on Tuesday 27.10. 2015 and following meetings onThursdays 10-12 starting on 5.11. 2015. at seminar room Hovi, Sirkkala.

Teacher: John Richardson

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with a selection of the most widely used methods and most influential theories and research directions in popular culture studies.


The module comprises an overview of some of the most influential theories and methods in popular culture studies. Approaches discussed might include close reading and critical analysis, ethnography, audiovisual analysis, discourse analysis, methods of historical research and other qualitative methods. Theoretical background is covered in readings discussed in weekly seminar meetings and exercises on topics relevant to thesis topics. 

Teaching methods

Lectures (12 h), seminar discussion (12hrs), additional readings

Modes of study

Participation in classroom and in the Moodle platform, written exercises and discussion

A2/A5.e/S3.e New Audiovisual Aesthetics, 3-5 ECTS

Period III , Tuesdays 12 AM - 2 PM, starting on 12th January 2016 at

Janus lecture hall, Sirkkala

Registration: register by email to Sanna Qvick ( to participate in the course (deadline 4.1.2016). 

General Description:

The course offers an overview of research on new audiovisual analysis with an emphasis on techniques of close reading and cultural analysis. New audiovisual aesthetics can be approached from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary angles, several of which will be covered in this course. The emphasis here is on the role of music and sound in combination with the other senses. The initial two lectures will provide the conceptual and theoretical tools required to undertake audiovisual analysis, after which the lectures will be structured thematically, covering such issues as neosurrealism and audiovisuality, the new independent cinema, music video analysis, new music video forms, live stage spectacles and technological mediation, multisensory analysis of audiovisual materials. 

Participation: Lectures, readings, discussions, written assignments and/or examination

Required studies: Recommended primarily to students who have completed basic studies in a relevant field of study. 

Evaluation: Numeric 0-5

Responsible teacher:

John Richardson, Sanna Qvick (teaching assistant), other lecturers

Approaches to the Analysis of Popular Music  3-5 ECTS
Time: Tue 6.10.2015, 10-12, Wed 7.10.2015, 16-18, Thu 8.10.2015, 10-12, Fri 9.10.2015, 10-12
Place:  Hovi lecture hall, Sirkkala
Responsible teacher: Serge Lacasse; contact person Yrjö Heinonen
General Description:
This course will consider four angles from which to approach recorded popular music. The initial lecture will introduce an analytical model that divides musical parameters in three categories: abstract parameters (melody, lyrics, accompaniment, form, etc.); performatory parameters (timbre, microvariations of pitch and timing, etc); and technological parameters (spatialization, loudness, echo, etc.). The second lecture will be devoted to the study of the voice in popular music through the concept of "phonostylistics": what is it that makes the singing voice so fascinating? What parameters are involved in the communication of emotions? How does technology contribute to this process? The third lecture will consider how recorded popular songs work as phonographic narratives: How can we account for the characters impersonated by the singer? How do his/her other identity levels interact? How does the music contribute to the narrative organization? Finally, the fourth lecture will look at popular music as an intertextual practice through a model of "transphonography": how can we account for the many ways different recorded songs interact with each other. For example, how can we study covers, sampling, mix tapes, parodies, etc.?

Participation:  Lectures, readings, discussions and essay
Evaluation:  0 - 5

Seminars, conferences and symposiums:


Minimalism Unbounded! The Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music.

Conference on minimalist music, organized by University Of Turku and Sibelius Akademy (Helsinki)
Thursday 24th - Saturday 27th. September 2015 10 AM 6 PM
Janus Hall, seminar rooms Hovi and Salonki at Sirkkala / Artium, and unknown location in Helsinki

Musiikintutkimus, nyt! Musikvetenskap nu! Music Research Now!

Friday 29 th January 2016
at Janus Hall, Sirkkala / Artium, Kaivokatu 12 (preliminary)
(more exact information to be released later on)
A collective seminar for the music scholars in Turku enlightens the newest trends of the music research and ongoing research projects.
Musicology students are able to
accomplish 2 ECTS by writing a seminar report based on the presentations of the day.



Updated: 11th August 2015