Karishmeh Felfeli-Crawford, Music Analysis: Erasure (1985-2020) and Beyond (PhD, University College Cork), in progress

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 Author:  Felfeli-Crawford, Karishmeh 
 Title:  Music Analysis: Erasure (1985-2020) and Beyond  
 Degree, institution:  PhD, University College Cork 
 Status, year:  in progress 
 Supervisor(s):  Jonathan P.J. Stock and Alexander Khalil 
 General specialism:  Musicology: Analysis 
 Content, timeframe:  2015-2021 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
Genres, instruments: 
Music Analysis, Erasure, Popular Music, Schenkerian Analysis
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell
UK, US, Canada, India, Pakistan, Ireland
University College Cork
Popular Music, Western art music, Indo-Pakistani Popular Music, Piano Performance, Music Theory
 Summary (provisional):  This thesis builds up on techniques of classical music analysis, which the author terms "elite music analysis", notably Schenkerian analysis, as they pertain to popular music from East and West. The thesis relates examples from the classical canon (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, John Foulds, Glenn Gould) to the popular music of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell (who comprise the synthpop band Erasure), engaging with key contexts to do with the white racial frame of academic music theory (Ewell 2020), as well as a range of perspectives from musicology, popular music studies and ethnomusicology on the application of music theoretical paradigms (like Schenkerian voice-leading graphs) to popular music outside the canon (notably Erasure's songs, spanning over three decades). Drawing from a wide range of scholarly publications and perspectives (Allan F. Moore; Richard Middleton; Walter Everett; Philip Tagg; Julian Horton; Jonathan P.J. Stock; Katherine Meizel; Kofi Agawu; Michael Tenzer and many others) the thesis outlines the main argument, via case-studies also taken from pop forms like Indian Ocean's fusion hit "Kandisa" (2000) and Pakistani sufi rock band Junoon's 90s smash "Sayonee", to say nothing of examples from the 1990s - Backstreet Boys, Aqua, Ace of Base - and 2000s - One Direction. By remaining sensitive to classical precedents, and to the challenges of elite music analysis for popular music, the thesis explicates the main argument, which is to do with music analysis's provisionality, and its complex relationship to other forms of creativity and musicking, notably performance and composition. The extensive music analysis of Clarke and Bell's Erasure songs, bookended on either side with debates and supplementary music analyses of other bands and songs, presents an original effort by a POC scholar (the author is Indian-Iranian) to engage with elite music analysis in Irish academia, as a dialogue with decolonisation, that relates various classical music competencies (piano performance, music theory and analysis, musicological writing and podcasting) to the creative practice of music analysis.
 Related publications:  https://doi.org/10.35561/JSMI14198