October 2015 Pop-Up: One-Note Melodies


On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Kurt Trowbridge and Scott Interrante discuss a trend they’ve noticed popping up in recent pop songs: one-note melodies. They discuss some recent and historic examples of the technique, why songwriters might employ it, and what it brings to the meaning of the music.

For more reading:
Nadine Hubbs, “Music of the ‘Fourth Gender’: Morrissey and the Sexual Politics of Melodic Contour,” Genders.
Ashley Chittock, “How To Write Like John Lennon,” Genius.
David Temperly, “The Melodic-Harmonic ‘Divorce’ in Rock,” Popular Music.

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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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