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Polypop: Polyrytmik i modern populärmusik
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Music and Media Production.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Polypop : Polyrhythms in contemporary pop music (English)
Abstract [sv]

I detta självständiga arbete undersöks hur polyrytmik kan användas i en populärmusikalisk kontext. Syftet med den här studien är att undersöka hur polyrytmik kan användas som grund för att skapa poplåtar. I inledningen presenteras ett antal exempel på hur polyrytmik förekommer i olika genrer. Metal och Jazz tas upp som exempel på musikaliskt avancerade genrer där polyrytmik är vanligt förekommande. Vidare problematiseras hur polyrytmen 4:3 fått ett stort genomslag i populärmusiken, medan andra polyrytmer ignoreras. I metodavsnittet redogörs för hur samplingar och programmerad musik användes i arbetet för att behålla fokus på det rytmiska. Resultatet av denna studie är den klingande delen av det här arbetet som består av sex stycken/låtar av popkaraktär som var och en bygger på en unik polyrytm. Två låtar innehåller sång och text, resterande är instrumentala stycken. Reflektioner som framkommer av resultatet är bland annat hur tempon påverkar om en polyrytm upplevs som musikalisk eller inte.

Abstract [en]

In this study polyrhythms are examined as a way of writing pop songs. The purpose of the study is to research how polyrhythms can be used to create music productions in the context of popular music. As an introduction a few examples are given as to how polyrhythms appear in different genres of music. Metal and Jazz are both examples of musically advanced genres which are known to use polyrhythms. The Polyrhythm 4:3 is presented as the most common polyrhythm appearing in pop music, while other polyrhythms are left unused. In the Method chapter the use of sampling and music programming in this study is described, and why this was the preferred method over live musicians and acoustic recordings. The result of this study is the sounding material i.e. the pieces of music that was created as a part of this thesis. A total of six songs were written, two songs include vocals and lyrics while the remaining four are instrumental tracks. Important reflections include the aspect of tempo, and how it changes whether polyrhythms are perceived as musical or understandable, in my opinion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 19
Keywords [en]
polyrhythms, rhythm, pulse, music programming, sampling
Keywords [sv]
polyrytmik, rytm, puls, pop, programmerad musik, sampling
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Music
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-2818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-2818DiVA, id: diva2:1220557
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Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-06-19Bibliographically approved

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