"Half time has infected pop music"
March 25, 2014 10:48 PM Subscribe
posted by lizarrd (66 comments total)
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Has pop music criticism really devolved into lifestyle reporting as alleged by this Daily Beast article
The response by Slate
reviewing Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream".
Regardless if the accusation is correct or not, it lead me down the rabbit hole to find websites that did actually try to analyze pop music using music theory.
) has an analysis section that seems to be a crowdsourced version with a nifty widget to see the Roman numeral analysis as well as a melody rising and falling for pop songs. You can also choose to hear it in the original video/audio format for the snippet or listen to a MIDI piano play the parts.
A Corpus Analysis of Rock Harmony
) takes Rolling Stones "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" from the 1950s to 1990s and takes the top 20 songs from each decade then proceeds to analyze the entirety of the data together.
Pop Music Theory
is a rather new blog by Eric Strom that analyzes the current Billboard Hot 100 songs finding a music theory topic for the song chosen.
takes a simpler approach and just analyzes the Billboard Hot 100 songs per week covering key, first chord progression, second chord progression (if available), temp, meter, and genre. It's great to just quickly see what chord progressions are being used for that week's top pop hits.
Popular Music Interest Group (Society for Music Theory)
"is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory."
for sources on general popular music genres and terms as well as particular groups.
And finally, but hardly least, some interesting journal articles from Music Theory Online focusing on popular music.
Their special edition of form in Rock music -- (Per)form in(g) Rock
Making Sense of Rock’s Tonal Systems (Walter Everett)
Harmonic Stasis and Oscillation in Bjork’s Medulla (Victoria Malawey)
On Metrical Techniques of Flow in Rap Music (Kyle Adams)
Timber as Differentiation in Indie Music (David K. Blake)
Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song”: Ambiguity, Rhythm, and Participation (Nathan D. Hesselink)