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Carrigan Lecture Series in Music Theory: Lori A. Burns, University of Ottawa

“Dynamic Multimodality in Extreme Metal Performance Video: Dark Tranquillity’s ‘Uniformity’, Directed by Patric Ullaeus”

  1. Thursday March 21 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

This paper examines the dynamic integration of words, music, and images in the extreme metal performance video of Dark Tranquillity’s ‘Uniformity’, directed by Patric Ullaeus. Adopting a multimodal approach to the analysis, I study the corporeal, temporal, and spatial dimensions across the three artistic domains of word, music, and image. The analytic framework responds to scholarly writings on multimodality from a range of perspectives. As the video spectator-listener engages with the interpretation of embodied subjectivity and cultural meaning in this video, a number of questions can be posed about the multimodal expression: how does the performance video present physical bodies and materials; how do these bodies move within space and time; how do the elements of structure and design shape the performance; how are the expressive strategies of the performers captured; and what discursive values drive the artistic representations?

Lori Burns is professor of music at the University of Ottawa. Her work on popular music has been published in leading journals, edited collections, and in monograph form. Notable publications include Disruptive Divas: Feminism, Identity and Popular Music (Routledge Press, 2002), The Pop Palimpsest: Intertextuality and Recorded Popular Music (uMichigan Press, 2019), co-edited with Serge Lacasse, and the forthcoming Bloomsbury Handbook to Popular Music Video Analysis, co-edited with Stan Hawkins. She is co-editor of the Ashgate Popular Music and Folk Series and her recent research project on genre in popular music video was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2013-2018).

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