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Dr. Liam Maloy currently works as a Research Fellow (Uni of Nottm) and a lecturer in popular music (Nottingham Trent). He researches music and musical media made for children, and arts education. His book Spinning the Child: Musical Constructions of Childhood through Records, Radio and Television (Routledge 2020) looks at how recorded music for children reflects adults’ attitudes and contributes to constructions of childhood in specific socio-historical settings.
Art education has a range of purposes. Art is said to support students to explore, interpret, ask critical questions, communicate and realise ideas, experiment, take risks, collaborate, tell stories and/or engage in social and political actions. In this paper, we consider whether educational researchers have the same capacious view of students’ pot...
Tyler Bickford, Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press. 2020. 240 pp. ISBN 978-1-4780-0819-4 (pbk). $25.95.
The preface of my book 'Spinning the Child', spoken by me with lots of eye-catching images. Music courtesy of an old music box with a few of my own additions. 'Once upon a time ... Not so long ago ...'
The order details for my book are now online. 'Spinning the Child' is all about music made for children on records, radio and TV. The publication date is 2 October 2020. https://www.routledge.com/Spinning-the-Child-Musical-Constructions-of-Childhood-through-Records/Maloy/p/book/9781138571563 If you wish to write a review, you can order a free e...
This essay investigates "She's Lost Control" (SLC); four versions by Joy Division and a cover version by Grace Jones. The essay explores the assertion that 'music can represent mental states directly, including those classified as illnesses or disabilities, without the mediation of language'. (Lerner and Straus, 2006, p8). Musical and extra-musical...
Through wide-ranging discussions between five people involved in the making of two British popular music biopics, this article articulates and investigates a series of creative challenges that go to the heart of the current state of the music biopic. What emerges through these discussions is a consideration of how aspirations to verisimilitude, in...
This article describes the Children's Music Quotient (CMQ), a method of content analysis that aims to quantify the concept of childness developed by Peter Hollindale in Signs of Childness in Children's Literature and apply it to the study of recordings of music made for children. It outlines the development of the CMQ and demonstrates the kinds of...
Vocaloids are virtual Japanese pop stars who exist as computer-generated voices and three-dimensional projections. Their animé aesthetic involves exaggerated and sexualised notions of childhood, girlhood and female sexuality. The digitisation of the female voice and the holographic representation of girls by men for the consumption of men is examin...
The songs of Jim Henson’s two best-loved TV shows present opposing views of childhood. The differences between the songs of Sesame Street (which is community-based setting, has content informed by curriculum, was largely publicly funded, aimed at pre-school children, etc.) and The Muppet Show (Music Hall songs, variety show setting, commercially dr...
Book review of ‘Rock Star: The making of musical icons from Elvis to Springsteen, by David R. Shumway, 2014’
This study investigates the issues raised by the creation of ‘new’ songs entirely from ‘old’ recordings, exemplified by mashups. The paper looks at the illegal status of the genre and the challenge to traditional ideas of authorship and originality posed by mashups. The repackaging of copyrighted material has serious legal implications; the inheren...
Mashups are a specific type of sample-based music where 'new' songs are created entirely from 'old' recordings. They contain no 'original' material and are the most overt examples of intertextuality in popular music. Vocal and instrumental parts are separated from musical backing through the process of 'unmixing'. Many of these extracts circulate f...
I'm researching children's music however most of my theory comes from literature studies. I'm aware of the lists of the attributes of children's book complied by Perry Nodelman, Myles Mcdowell and others, and I have used such a list for my studies. But I know this method is not without its critics. I appreciate that this involved reception theory and issues of implied readership.
I wondered if someone could summarise the main limitations of 'the child in the book' approach.