Date of Graduation
Master of Music (MM)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Communication and the arts; Blindside; Dissonance; Meter; Metrical; Rock; Transition
Meter in rock cannot always be determined by the backbeat. I have adapted metrical analysis models developed by Harald Krebs and others to the music of the rock band Blindside to address the issue of identifying logical metrical schemes in a particular repertoire of rock music. Blindside's use of metrical dissonance necessitates expansion of the existing analytical models in that the meter in some of their songs is ambiguous at times, allowing for a period of transition from one metrical scheme to another. The ambiguity of the meter in songs such as "The Endings," combined with the message of the lyrics, creates a need for resolution, which resolution can be found with an examination of the song's form.
Sallings, Patrick, "Metrical Transition and Resolution in the Music of Blindside" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 397.