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Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead

Brad Osborn

Abstract

Analyzing Radiohead advances the claim that, more than any rock artist since The Beatles, Radiohead’s music between 1997 and 2011 inhabits the sweet spot between two extremes: on the one hand, music that is wholly conventional and conforms to all of our expectations about rock music, and, on the other hand, music so aggressively experimental that it thwarts any learned expectations. In terms of musical perception, the former extreme arouses little need for interpretation, while the latter frustrates any search for meaning based on expectation–realization chains. Radiohead’s music contains many ... More

Keywords: music theory, form, timbre, harmony, rhythm, meter, popular music, Radiohead, perception, meaning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190629229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190629229.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brad Osborn, author
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, University of Kansas