Overview

Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible and inextricable link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, Sound and Vision considers what it means to see music as well as hear it. Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Sound and Vision tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video’s role in the popular music of today.

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Lessons

From “Illustrated Songs” to the Music Video: A History of Sound and Image

How has the relation between sound and image shifted through the history of recorded music, and how did the rise of MTV bring that relationship to a culmination of sorts?
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Dressing the Part: MTV and the Disruption of Gender

How did MTV help create a visual space in which artists could, inadvertently or not, challenge established ideas about gender?
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