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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:20am - 8:40am
Aphex Twin, Blank Banshee, And The Modern Sonata Form

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Sonata form has proven time and time again to be a foundational form that can be used to analyze countless classical compositions. The theory of the form certainly has stood the test of time when it comes to classical music. This form does not necessarily apply only to music of the classical genre however. The form prevails even today in modern electronic compositions. In this presentation, I will be analyzing several electronic compositions that I believe could be analyzed as having a sonata form. I will use the theory of sonata form analysis as put forward by such theorists as Hepokoski and Darcy, Caplin, and Cook. The pieces I will analyze are electronic compositions that utilize no samples, and are relatively harmonically complex. I will analyze three pieces from disparate subgenres of electronic music to show that this form applies to more than just one obscure subgenre of this field of music. Sonata form, as will be discussed, is not just a cookie-cutter mold that material must be fit in to follow a strict set of rules. For these pieces, I will not only discuss how they follow a sonata form structure, but also how this structure is used in the pieces. By the end, I will show that sonata form is used today just as much as it has been in the past, and indeed applies to much more than just the music of the past.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:20am - 8:40am PST
018 Lipinsky Hall