Hey all!

This blog is a research project I am undertaking for the Music 129C undergraduate class at UC Davis. Our course takes a look at East Asian musics with emphasis on traditions, intertextuality and understanding culture history.

I am highly interested in K-Pop primarily because of family members and friends who have been into it and are constantly talking about it, but also because for each song, video and dance piece, K-Pop displays a rich palette that takes on influence from a wide variety of contemporary traditions and aesthetics. Though K-Pop’s methods and appeal may draw negative criticism and are at times controversial and highly debated, K-Pop still stands as an historic (or potentially historic) testament to a culture’s ability to infuse traditions from around the world, particularly from western countries, and create something engaging, fun and artistic.

In this project I hope to specifically explore the western influences in the music, dance, cinematography and distribution of K-Pop, as well as how K-Pop is shaping the globalized world we now live in as well. The subject has been written on, but it hasn’t really gotten to the artistic value and homage that K-Pop often has in its videos and tracks, so hopefully this blog will be a chance to do just that.

I hope you will join me in these next two weeks to discover great things about K-Pop and about musical tradition as it is contextualized in today’s world!

A little bit about me:

My name is Josiah Ng, and I’m currently a senior undergraduate student at UC Davis. I love music. A lot.

I play jazz piano and am primarily interested in early jazz styles such as ragtime and swing.

You can find me on Facebook, or by email!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Versatz
Email: ng_josiah@hotmail.com

Please feel free to email if you have suggestions or questions about things this blog talks about!


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