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Class Schedule Listing - 2019 Summer I (Jul 16, 2024)


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Exploring Japanese Popular Music - 8905 - MSP 3590 - 811
CL: As St 3000 (812). Notes: An extra media fee of 8,800 yen is required. Topical Section Description: From today's AKB-48 and Hatsune Miku, back through Shonen Knife and the "Johnny's", past Hibari Misora and Kyu Sakamoto, all the way back to Gagaku (court music) and Matsuri Bayashi (festival music), Japanese popular music has long held a place of curiosity and fascination among many in the West. In this course, students and instructor will together evaluate the historical evolution of popular music styles in Japan, engage with current aesthetic trends, analyze Japan as a market for Western pop music, and examine the positioning of Japanese music for export to the West. We will meet and hear from Japanese music industry professionals, engage in weekly comparative analyses of the pop charts in Japan and the US, experience the "indie" scene in the "live houses" of Koenji and Shimokitazawa; visit the Takio Museum, attend a Tsugaru Shamisen performance and lecture, analyze the use of traditional Japanese instruments in contemporary idioms in both Japan and the West, visit the Yamaha corporation for a demonstration and discussion of their Vocaloid software, the key technology underlying the "virtual diva" Hatsune Miku, evaluate the efforts of Sony to export their idol group Perfume to the West, and more.

Associated Term: 2019 Summer I
Registration Dates: Mar 27, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Registration Levels: Graduate, NonDegree Continuing Undergrad, Undergraduate

Japan Campus
Base Lecture Schedule Type
Classroom In-Person Instructional Method
Credit Hours: 3.000

Seats Available: 32

Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Class 2:20 pm - 4:35 pm TR Azabu Hall - Japan 00206 May 27, 2019 - Jul 31, 2019 Base Lecture John S. Klotz (P)E-mail

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