The department of Music has strengths in research on music analysis and aesthetics, which includes research on popular music. This research ranges between the technical methodologies of music theory and analysis, and the value and meaning of music within current and historical philosophical debates. 

We are interested in the nature and structure of the musical object; languages and styles of composition; the modelling and representation of music, especially in relation to cognitive, physical, and affective experience (or mind, body, and emotion).

Our research ranges between the technical methodologies of music theory and analysis, and the value and meaning of music within current and historical philosophical debates. We also have strength in the psychoanalysis of music, with a special focus on Lacan and Zizek.

current research includes:

JAMES MILLEA// PhD focus

James' current research looks to investigate the relationship between hip hop music and the soundscape of the New Black Realist films of the 1990s. Specifically, through a focus on hip hop as ‘process’, his study defines how in the remediation of it's enculturated aesthetics, hip hop music has blurred the boundaries of soundscape and reshaped the possibilities and functions of the filmic soundtrack. James suggests that in mapping the aesthetics of hip hop music’s (re)structuring and (re)organisation of sonic material, we can explore how African-American mélomanes at the turn of the twentieth-century used film and its soundscape to explore the actuality of their contemporary, subcultural existence.  

 

FREYA JARMAN // HIGH NOTES

Freya's current research focus is on the gendered history of high notes.

In Dec 2015 she introduced her research at the University of Hull's 'Newland Lectures Seminar Programme' . January 2016 starts with a bang - with Freya heading to both Berlin and Göttingen to speak on the connections between the countertenor revival and the rise in the falsetto male lead in popular music in the 1950s and 60s. She will also be speaking at Öbebro University's 'Gender and Music: Practices, Performances and Politics' in March.

Later in the year, Freya's attention turns toward the boy treble and gender ideologies at Christmas.