Music, Sound, and the Moving Image

Spectacle and Intimacy in Live Concert Film

Lyrics, Music, Staging, and Film Mediation in P!nk's Funhouse Tour (2009)

Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (2013), 7, (2), 103–140.

Abstract

P!nk's Funhouse Tour concert film (2009) is produced to capture and enhance the effects of the musical performance, the stage composition and design, and the choreography of the artist with her musicians and dancers. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the concert spectacle, this article examines the multidimensional content of the concert film as it is constituted by a range of expressive and aesthetic parameters. The analytic model developed for this study systematically elucidates the elements of a live song performance to enable a coherent interpretation of lyrics, music, staging, and film mediation according to crosscutting analytic concepts. The analytic parameters draw upon theories from theatre performance studies (Pavis, Stanislavsky, De Marinis), literary criticism and linguistics (Bakhtin, Austin), and film theory (Bordwell and Thompson, Sikov, Vernallis). Analyzing expressive content, structure, and design, we consider how these textual layers intersect to communicate cultural messages and emotional narratives.

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