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All I Need Is the Air I Breathe

Title: All I Need Is the Air I Breathe: Music, Media, and the Practice of Collegiate A Cappella.
Name(s): Griffin, Drew Blake, author
Jackson, Margaret R., professor directing thesis
Gunderson, Frank D., committee member
Brewer, Charles E. (Charles Everett), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Music, degree granting college
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (113 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Collegiate a cappella is a communal singing tradition historically localized to universities in the United States. It is a genre whose practitioners explore vocal harmonies and the imitation of instruments solely through use of the human voice and without instrumental accompaniment. In its contemporary manifestation, collegiate a cappella has become a powerful cultural force and is the primary way thousands of students and their diverse audiences engage with music daily. With the ever-increasing number of dramatized or semi-dramatized depictions of the genre, its presence in American popular media extends far beyond the university sphere. In this thesis I explore the contemporary practice of collegiate a cappella, the simultaneously negotiated and contested spaces of the genre's practice and performance, and its transformation through mass-mediatization. My primary collaborators in this process are the members of All-Night Yahtzee, a co-ed collegiate a cappella from Florida State University. Drawing on a combination of historical investigation, performance observation, media and textual analysis, and ethnography, I investigate style and space in collegiate a cappella practice, situating the genre within Manuel Castells's network society model. I then draw on the work of Michel Foucault to explore popular dramatized portrayals of collegiate a cappella, arguing that despite their popularity, most televised and filmic depictions create problematic representations of the genre by presenting a utopian vision of a fundamentally heterotopian practice. These distorted renderings of collegiate a cappella influence the genre's global network, shaping the experience of both participants and audiences alike.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Griffin_fsu_0071N_13894 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: April 13, 2017.
Keywords: Collegiate A Cappella, Digital Media, Mediatization
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Margaret R. Jackson, Professor Directing Thesis; Frank D. Gunderson, Committee Member; Charles E. Brewer, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
United States -- Study and teaching
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Griffin, D. B. (2017). All I Need Is the Air I Breathe: Music, Media, and the Practice of Collegiate A Cappella. Retrieved from