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Comunicar Journal 25: Quality Television (Vol. 13 - 2005)

The soundtrack of the programme «Ra-Tim-Bum»


Monica Duarte


This study treats the partial results of research directed at the analysis of soundtrack of television program Ra Tim Bum, Educational TV, obtained by applying the methodology of analysis proposed by Amparo Porta (1997). The Spanish researcher arrives at the meanings of musical discourse by way of three levels of approach: (1) the provable point of reference, the nuclear level of analysis, referring to qualities of the sound, as well as to certain characteristics of style; (2) the poetic approach, taking as a text of reference the musical structure of the television program, observing how is constructed and it types of conclusion; (3) the topic approach, the topical dimension of the discourse is that which confers more stability, sharpness and coherence from the ideologic point of view, and so far as a topic is a discourse used by a group, sector or tendency. For this reason, the entire and enable of musical text is necessary. The analysis of one of the most profound aspect of the program, which seeks to transmit the meaning of the concept of equilibrium and disequilibrium, lead us to conclude that, the spite the educational intention advertised at the conception of the program, culturally questionable stereotypes have been transmited: the concept of equilibrium was associated with the musical peaces with characteristics of erudite music of the classical period or the beginning of the romantic period: tonal, measured, resolution of dissonances, while the concept of this disequilibrium was associated with the non-resolution of dissonances, the random relationship of sound in an unmeasured bays. There was stabilished and antithesis, in terms of value between the erudite music of the classical-romantic style and that of contemporary style.


Music, mass-media, soundtrack, children's television program

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