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Auteurism in Popular Music: Something Phishy Music envelopes our lives. It is present from the sound of the alarm clocks which wake us up in the morning to the band accompanying the late night talk show on our television sets before we go to sleep. Among those sounds that coexist with our everyday routines, is the resonance of popular music. With popular music, a single note on a single record can bring you back in time, to a time for better or for worse. It can make you smile or it could make you cry; it provides an escape. In, “On Popular Music,” Theodor W. Adorno argues what he believes to be the stark differences between popular music and serious music. His belief is that popular music adheres to a strict formula which allows for little malleability. Popular music, according to Adorno is a music in which, “the fundamental characteristic [is] standardization.” (OR 302) Adorno also describes another sphere of music. Serious music, he says, “consists of the life relationship of details and never of a mere enforcement of a musical scheme,” (OR 303). Similar to Adorno’s vision of popular music is Dave Laing’s in depth look at the music
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course VM 200 taught by Professor Fiel during the Spring '08 term at Emerson.

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