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Hear and Now with Steve Jozef: A Music Criticism Podcast

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The act of writing music criticism comes with numerous difficulties inherently involved in describing the ineffable qualities of audio in the medium of the written word. My music criticism podcast,

The act of writing music criticism comes with numerous difficulties inherently involved in describing the ineffable qualities of audio in the medium of the written word. My music criticism podcast, Here and Now with Steve Jozef, offers a method of reviewing albums that sidesteps these problems by interweaving the criticism with clips of the songs discussed. This format holds the critic accountable to root their opinion in tangible components in the music, and makes clear the direct line between the qualities of the music at hand and the reviewer's verdict on that music. I wrote, recorded, edited, and distributed 13 episodes of the podcast over the course of six months; I've selected four of those episodes to represent my work for the purposes of the thesis. Their scripts, as well as links to the full episodes, are included with this paper. In addition, I thoroughly researched modern academic thought on the nature, purpose, and future of popular music criticism. This research helped me refine a conception of my ideal theoretical audience for the podcast, forced me to confront and assess my music evaluation criteria through various lenses, and develop the goal of creating a pattern of empathetic listening amongst my listeners. Over the course of developing the project, I ran into several obstacles in using copyrighted material on the show without permission from the copyright holders. Thus the podcast also became a case study in evaluating modern copyright law and its application, and demonstrating what needs to change about both for music criticism to sustain in this form.

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  • 2016-05