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Seven Nation Army. Med ett riff som sjungs till fotboll

Sandgren, Patrik LU (2010) In Rig p.129-146
Abstract
This article investigates and discusses a football chant,

a riff from a popular rock song entitled “Seven Nation

Army” by the rock group The White Stripes from

Detroit, USA. The chant is sung by supporters at football

matches even in Sweden but also in corresponding social

contexts, as when high school students graduate or at

the pub. The survey, which was to by a reduction method

compare the riff with a standardized formula that occurs

in children’s communicative songs, has shown that they

have more in common, even though there are some

differences. These are interpreted more in the rhythm

and variation rate level than at the voiced, which... (More)
This article investigates and discusses a football chant,

a riff from a popular rock song entitled “Seven Nation

Army” by the rock group The White Stripes from

Detroit, USA. The chant is sung by supporters at football

matches even in Sweden but also in corresponding social

contexts, as when high school students graduate or at

the pub. The survey, which was to by a reduction method

compare the riff with a standardized formula that occurs

in children’s communicative songs, has shown that they

have more in common, even though there are some

differences. These are interpreted more in the rhythm

and variation rate level than at the voiced, which means

that there are further reasonable grounds for believing

that the two melodies are structurally related. The

formula which is internationally widespread among

children at play, also occur both directly and indirectly

in popular music; it can consequently be described as a

sign or code containing possible universal expressions.

It is a mixture of music and language that can be close

to the fundamental human voice-based expression. Such

a factor may have biological as well as environmental

causes, where a combination of the two is likely. I’ve

used both musical notation and other graphic tools in

my study, as one of the aims of the article was trying

to make clear that music structures can accommodate

both internal and external sense at the same time. That

is to say that music communicates in parallel on several

levels that constantly overlap. In other words different

musical meanings depend on each other whether they

are clear or implied. Historically it seems an increase occurred for theuse of music at football games among both supporter

chants, which are variations of for example marches,

hymns, popular songs, hits and other similar music,

and more official songs and tunes which often belong

to the corresponding musical idiom. Some significant

reasons for this could be the development of the modern

pop and rock music, commercialism, people’s needs

for excitement and search for identity, together with

society’s various threats. (Less)
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a riff from a popular rock song entitled “Seven Nation<br/><br>
Army” by the rock group The White Stripes from<br/><br>
Detroit, USA. The chant is sung by supporters at football<br/><br>
matches even in Sweden but also in corresponding social<br/><br>
contexts, as when high school students graduate or at<br/><br>
the pub. The survey, which was to by a reduction method<br/><br>
compare the riff with a standardized formula that occurs<br/><br>
in children’s communicative songs, has shown that they<br/><br>
have more in common, even though there are some<br/><br>
differences. These are interpreted more in the rhythm<br/><br>
and variation rate level than at the voiced, which means<br/><br>
that there are further reasonable grounds for believing<br/><br>
that the two melodies are structurally related. The<br/><br>
formula which is internationally widespread among<br/><br>
children at play, also occur both directly and indirectly<br/><br>
in popular music; it can consequently be described as a<br/><br>
sign or code containing possible universal expressions.<br/><br>
It is a mixture of music and language that can be close<br/><br>
to the fundamental human voice-based expression. Such<br/><br>
a factor may have biological as well as environmental<br/><br>
causes, where a combination of the two is likely. I’ve<br/><br>
used both musical notation and other graphic tools in<br/><br>
my study, as one of the aims of the article was trying<br/><br>
to make clear that music structures can accommodate<br/><br>
both internal and external sense at the same time. That<br/><br>
is to say that music communicates in parallel on several<br/><br>
levels that constantly overlap. In other words different<br/><br>
musical meanings depend on each other whether they<br/><br>
are clear or implied. Historically it seems an increase occurred for theuse of music at football games among both supporter<br/><br>
chants, which are variations of for example marches,<br/><br>
hymns, popular songs, hits and other similar music,<br/><br>
and more official songs and tunes which often belong<br/><br>
to the corresponding musical idiom. Some significant<br/><br>
reasons for this could be the development of the modern<br/><br>
pop and rock music, commercialism, people’s needs<br/><br>
for excitement and search for identity, together with<br/><br>
society’s various threats.},
  author       = {Sandgren, Patrik},
  issn         = {0035-5267},
  keyword      = {musicology,sociology of sport,hymnology,semiotics,ethnomusicology,history of sport,anthropology},
  language     = {swe},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {129--146},
  publisher    = {Föreningen för svensk kulturhistoria},
  series       = {Rig},
  title        = {Seven Nation Army. Med ett riff som sjungs till fotboll},
  year         = {2010},
}