Normalizing Musical Contour Theory
Journal of Music Theory (2016) Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 23-50

The advent of the numerical representation of contour was a watershed in the development of musical contour theory. Both Michael L. Friedman and Robert D. Morris pioneered the practice by mapping pitches in ascending registral order onto the subset of ...

Tonal Pairing and the Relative-Key Paradox in the Music of Elliott Smith
Music Theory Online (2012) Vol. 18, pp. np

This article provides an introduction to American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith (1969-2003) by exploring his musical, lyrical, and personal predilection for ambiguity, contradiction, and paradox. Drawing upon Robert Bailey's (1977, 1985) concept of tonal pairing and Candace Brower's (2008) notion of ...