[Smt-talk] music theory on slate

Dave Headlam dheadlam at esm.rochester.edu
Wed Mar 26 04:54:32 PDT 2014

Hi -- Most of the "news" stories at sites like "slate.com" and 
"salon.com" elicit the same response from those in the field under 
discussion -- but these sites, usefully I think, bring topics normally 
considered only by specialists to a wider audience; my post was simply 
to note that MT was, somewhat unusually, put in this position.  Of 
course, much is "lost in translation" in this process.  ( That is not 
intended to be facetious, BTW, and in this regard, note the following 
from a wikipedia article on Perry's album "Prism" - "The International 
Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that Prism was the 
sixth best-selling album in the world in 2013, the best-selling album in 
the world in 2013 released by a woman, and labeled Perry 'A global 
phenomenon.'" -- there is a certain kind of ingenuity at work here, I'd 

Dave Headlam

On 3/25/14 11:33 PM, johnrcovach at gmail.com wrote:
> I have to admit that when I first read Ted's essay online I had to 
> wonder what was new about these observations.  I mean, a magazine like 
> Rolling Stone has always been a lifestyle magazine.   What we do and 
> what they do are very different things.
> John Covach
> University of Rochester
> Sent from my iPad
> On Mar 25, 2014, at 3:42 PM, Andrew Schartmann 
> <andrew.schartmann at yale.edu <mailto:andrew.schartmann at yale.edu>> wrote:
>> For anyone interested, here is the article that inspired Pallet to 
>> write a theory-based analysis of a Katy Perry song: 
>> http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/18/music-criticism-has-degenerated-into-lifestyle-reporting.html[thedailybeast.com] 
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/18/music-criticism-has-degenerated-into-lifestyle-reporting.html&k=p4Ly7qpEBiYPBVenR9G2iQ%3D%3D%0A&r=MGIjVXD0MpvArfh7TaFtour4KYQZxxmjH58etj588dE%3D%0A&m=wn7SFYJtt8vMzcOPJnWbGgoz%2FW%2BvZ7tEIg5ZtzoxpCU%3D%0A&s=fa3ad61378639e2fd2c392a651b4931789d05907711674339f9f2d0257bddb6e>. 
>> Needless to say, Gioia's article generated quite a controversy online.
>> Also, I'm pretty sure Pallet's title ("Explaining the genius of Katy 
>> Perry's 'Teenage Dream'---using music theory") is meant to be facetious.
>> Andrew Schartmann
>> Graduate Student
>> Yale University
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Dave Headlam
Professor of Music Theory
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs St.
Rochester, NY 14604
david.headlam at rochester.edu


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