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Interactions of Rhythm with Texture and Form in Popular Music

The Ithaca Music Forum is proud to host Dr. Nicole Biamonte, a renowned theorist of popular music. The talk is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

How does a dance track's rhythm affect they way we think about its sound and timbre? What does the syncopation of a Led Zeppelin guitar riff have to do with the song's duration? This exciting talk will get into the gritty particularities of pop and rock music!

Nicole Biamonte is Associate Professor of Music Theory at McGill University in Montreal. Among her publications are articles and book chapters on pitch structures, form, and meter and rhythm in popular music (in Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, and elsewhere); exoticism in the music of Rush (Rush and Philosophy, ed. Berti and Bowman); musical representation in the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band in her own edited collection, Pop-Culture Pedagogy in the Music Classroom; and historicist aspects of 19th-century art music (Beethoven Forum and Intégral). She recently completed a 3-year term as the editor of Music Theory Online. 

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00pm

Whalen Center for Music, McHenry Lounge

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