• Encoding Emotional Turbulence in the Music of Soundgarden: An Analysis of 'Outshined'

    Author(s):
    Steven Barnard (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Music Encoding Initiative
    Subject(s):
    Heavy metal (Music)--Instruction and study, Popular music
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    Popular music, Metal Music Studies, Popular Music Studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/zjhm-a364
    Abstract:
    The music of Soundgarden represents a unique blend of heavy metal power and and art-rock sensitivity, this is clearly displayed in the song 'Outshined'. The unorthodox harmony, use of odd time time signatures and sectional variation seem to blur genre boundaries within rock music and also lend the music a sense of emotional instability that runs in line with the lyrical content of the song. The essay demonstrates how pre-existing models of popular music analysis are unable to get to grips with such an eclectic and contradictory musical language that is seemingly born of instinct and potentially the result of a lack of traditional music theory and/or training on the behalf of the composer.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 years ago
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    All Rights Reserved

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