How does the musical awareness of the listener affect where the line is drawn between influence and plagiarism in pop music?

McLachlan, Euan (2016) How does the musical awareness of the listener affect where the line is drawn between influence and plagiarism in pop music? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study explores the link between the musical awareness of the listener and the discernment between influence and plagiarism, specifically studying the area of pop music. The report begins by explaining the methodology behind the study and the research methods used. It explores the difference between influence and plagiarism by identifying both to show the difference between the two. It then goes on to explore how a listener perceives a piece of music based on their musical awareness and the listening experience itself (including the purpose of the purpose of the listening experience). The area of originality is then explored to investigate whether or not it is possible to be original, by looking at Western Popular Music and any limitations it puts in place. The chapters that follow this detail an online listening test that was carried out in support of this study, first by identifying the criteria and discussing them in depth, then justifying the song comparison choices, and then analysing the results of the test and commenting on these results. Finally, the results collected will be used to form a basis for the conclusion of the study, which will discuss where the line is crossed.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:07
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21392

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