[Smt-talk] Heavy metal and set-class analysis

Nicole Biamonte nbiamonte at aya.yale.edu
Sun Dec 11 07:30:46 PST 2011

Hi Scott,

I don't think there's much out there. The last section ("diatonic vertical
dissonances") of this dissertation is worth a look:
Lilja, Esa. "Characteristics of Heavy Metal Chord Structures." University
of Helsinki, 2004.

All best,
Nicole Biamonte
McGill University
nicole.biamonte at mcgill.ca
On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM, Murphy, Scott Brandon <smurphy at ku.edu>wrote:

> I would like to point a student of mine toward any published research on
> recurrent, or even "signature," chords in heavy metal or punk rock music
> that are (arguably) better designated with set-class labels (e.g. 0156,
> which, for example, is the best Forte set name I can think to give to the
> beginning of Dillinger Four's "Noble Stabbings") than with root-based
> tertian labels. I've come up with little to nothing in my preliminary
> bibliographic digging, although, since I'm not as familiar with this field
> of study as with others, I may be digging in the wrong places. Any ideas, o
> wise collective?
> Thank you in advance,
> -Scott
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> Scott Murphy
> Associate Professor, Music Theory
> University of Kansas School of Music
> President, Music Theory Midwest
> smurphy at ku.edu
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