Music Television (Discussion)
Types of expression
Allan contends that one can group music videos according to types of expression—separate from genres based on content. That is, genres such a rock, pop, rap, country and R&B are the most common way of grouping music videos, but cutting across those genres are certain expressive forms. Allan lists four of them:
- Performance - Group 5
- Narrative - Groups 6 & 1
- Nonnarrative - Group 3
- Graphic - Groups 2 & 4
Each group should be prepared to explain the characteristics of their "type of expression" to the class, and choose one video that exemplifies it. (The video must be available online.)
- List four ways that the Replacements' Left of the Dial breaks the conventions of the music video. Be as specific as possible and draw examples from the video.
- List the five principal antecedents of (or influences on) music television and explain the specific aspects they contributed to music TV.
- While discussing "The Sound of Video," Allan discusses the mix of music and nonmusical elements in music video.
- Aside from genres and types of expression, what generally characterizes the music presented in music videos?
- How can nonmusical elements be used?
- Butler, Jeremy G. Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture. New York: Routledge, 2018.