Founded in 1998, the Popular Music Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory. Our goals include:
• Ensuring academic recognition for popular music research
• Encouraging more scholars of music theory to engage popular repertoires
• Encouraging scholars of popular music to make effective use of musical analysis and theory

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2021 PMIG Award Winners!

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      Christine Boone

      The Adam Krims Awards was established in 2013 to give a junior scholar recognition for an outstanding publication. This year’s Adam Krims award goes to Edwin K. C. Li for his article “Cantopop and Speech-Melody Complex,” AND to Anabel Maler & Robert Komaniecki for their article “Rhythmic Techniques in Deaf Hip Hop.” Li investigates native Cantonese speakers’ speech-melody experience of listening to Cantonese popular songs, and proposes a speech-melody complex that embraces native Cantonese speakers’ experience of the potentialities of speech and melody before they come into being. Maler and Komaniecki address the alignment of rhythm and meter in signed and vocal rap and the conveyance of a repeated “beat” through rhythmic signing in their analysis of tracks by ASL hip-hop artists. Both of these articles work to diversify the repertoire of what is typically thought of as popular music, and seamlessly synthesize music analysis with another field. Congratulations Edwin, Anabel, and Robert!

      The Outstanding Publication Award was established in 2012, and exists to acknowledge the best article, essay, or book involving the theory and/or analysis of popular music by a senior scholar. This year’s Outstanding Publication Award winner is Victoria Malawey for her book A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice. Malawey presents a systematic and encompassing conceptual model for analyzing vocal delivery, while drawing on research from music theory, pedagogy, gender studies, and philosophy. She brings new clarity to the relationship between the voice’s sonic content and its greater signification, helping us understand the complexity and uniqueness of singing voices. Congratulations Victoria!

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