Episode 29 – Timbre & 80s Synthpop


On Episode 29 of Pop Unmuted Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Music Theory Ph.D. student Megan Lavengood, who is writing her dissertation on timbre and the Yamaha Dx7 synthesizer. They talk about the role timbre and sound plays in defining genre and why so much music released in the 2010s is called “80s inspired.”

For more reading:
Mark Spicer, “(Ac)cumulative Form in Pop-Rock Music,” in twentieth century music vol. 1, 1.
Theodore Canterforis, Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s, University of Michigan Press.
Marissa Larusso, “Shura’s ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ Video Celebrates Teen Crush Team Work,” npr.org.

People in this episode:

Megan Lavengood

Megan Lavengood is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center focusing on pop music and timbre.

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to Billboard.com. He is the founder of Crownnote.com and the host of the Crowncast.

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