Analysis of Pop Culture through Mando-Pop

Analysis of Pop Culture through Mando-Pop


Willy G>>Hello and Welcome to Will’s video
review. Today we will be looking into some different
ideas from pop culture. In this segment I choose to review some “Mando
pop” music videos for some interesting ideas. I’m no translation expert, so we’ll be focusing
on the visual and rhythmic aspects from the videos. First up is “101” by DON. Immediately one notices the autotuned voice
and R & B style rhythm. These immediately bring to mind American Artists
such as T-Pain and Chris Brown who use auto-tune in some their songs. It provokes interesting thoughts on the popularity
of synthesized sounds. Does Pop Culture crave the unnatural? Even todays popular a cappella groups often
consist of at least one person beat boxing. Next is Catherine Wang (aka MissCat)’s music
video for “Spike”. The rhythm is swing like, the swing style
seems to be remerging, like trends often seem to do in pop culture. Another interesting thing I noticed was the
heavy appearance of westerners. Unlike “101”, the video AND rhythm seems to imitate
Western ideas. In modern times, borrowing ideas from other
cultures seems to be a norm in popular culture. Now we have M4M’s “Sadness”, which I could
probably dedicated an entire episode to, but will briefly point out just a few ideas. I think the most interesting thing about this
video is that it brings up the shift towards the female impersonation or the beautification of males. As my friend once told me, “men are becoming even
more beautiful than women”. Even more, what is it about young boy bands
that soak up the popularity? “Love Over Time” by Van Ness Wu is my favorite
video out of the group, not just because of its tribute to MJ. It really shows how powerful a figure can
be in pop culture, affecting decades to come, even across different
cultures. Nostalgia for the old can affect the new. For the last video, I’ll let the audience
make their own analysis: because honestly it scares the hell out of me. There’s something about artificially transforming
features the of human face along with high pitched singing that disturbs me. I’m sure this is meant for children, because
for some reason children find the weird amusing. I hope y’all liked this review/analysis. Until next
time, I’m Willy G.

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