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Tom Zé and the praise of imperfection: A musical analysis of the disc "Fabrication Defect"

Grant number: 11/14768-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2011
Effective date (End): November 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal researcher:José Roberto Zan
Grantee:Guilherme Araujo Freire
Home Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research project aims to study the disc Fabrication Defect of Tom Zé, released in the year 1998, moment in wich the composer's career was gaining evidence and perspective into the worldwide music market. Assuming that the dynamics of the global music industry can be characterized by the attempt to concile the appropriation of local cultural symbols with standardization processes, necessary for the compatibility of the products with the consumer market, we intend to verify to what extent the aesthetic project of Tom Zé lead this logic to tension. The research also aims to understand, through musical analysis, in wich way the experimentalism and the "imperfect" sonority present in the disc, contradicts standardization patterns and burst consolidated formats of mass popular song.

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