Dan Kruse (Photo credit: Bob Demers)

Dan Kruse, ethnomusicologist  

October 23, Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30, The Arizona Senior Academy and

October 30, Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30, The Arizona Senior Academy

Do you remember Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”? Or Chrissy Hynde’s “Brass in Pocket-I’m Special”? Music videos made their songs famous. In recent decades, since the birth of the modern music video and with the introduction of MTV in the early 1980s, this fascinating art form has become an increasingly vital, sophisticated, and creative component in the release of music. The creation of visually compelling music videos has become an assumed, and often much anticipated component in the promotion of music coming on to the current scene. As a consequence, performing artists have given us a lot to look at and to consider. 

In this two-lecture series, ethnomusicologist Dan Kruse will discuss his research on music videos: their history, how they’re produced, shot and edited, and the aural and visual devices that video creators use. His special focus will be on his recent research into how music videos reflect and convey the musical qualities of the songs they present. Dan will provide an orientation to music videos and their history, including some early landmark videos that helped define and propel the art form. He will include the first MTV video, aired in 1981, as well as some notable filmed pop music and movie musical performances that preceded it. Dan will ask the audience on October 23 to suggest artists, genres or particular music videos worth our watching together for the October 30 presentation. He will also engage the audience members to share their own analysis of what they see and hear. 

Dan Kruse received his BFA and MFA in Ethnomusicology/Media Arts/Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He served for six years as the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” on KUAZ-FM, and also works free-lance as a voice-over narrator. 

Written by Carol and Donald Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers

October 23 and October 30: “The Music Video as Art, History and Science”