Michael Jackson's Sound Stages
- Publisher: Royal Danish Library
Sound stage | Music analysis | Michael Jackson | Lady in my Life | Scream | recording space | Communication. Mass media | P87-96 | Acoustics. Sound | QC221-246
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.