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Michael Jackson's Sound Stages

Author(s): Morten Michelsen

Journal: SoundEffects
ISSN 1904-500X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 81;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Sound stage | Music analysis | Michael Jackson | Lady in my Life | Scream | recording space

In order to discuss analytically spatial aspects of recorded sound William Moylan’s concept of ‘sound stage’ is developed within a musicological framework as part of a sound paradigm which includes timbre, texture and sound stage. Two Michael Jackson songs (‘The Lady in My Life’ from 1982 and ‘Scream’ from 1995) are used to: a) demonstrate the value of such a conceptualisation, and b) demonstrate that the model has its limits, as record producers in the 1990s began ignoring the conventions of stereo recording’s illusion of three dimensions and reached for a severing of the intimate relations between sound and Euclidic space.
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