Changing Use of Seventh Chords: A Replication of Mauch et al. (2015)

Authors

  • Hubert L School of Music, Ohio State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v11i1.4949

Keywords:

popular music, harmony, Billboard Hot 100, corpus study

Abstract

Mauch, MacCallum, Levy, and Leroi (2015) carried out a large-scale study of changes in American popular music between 1960 and 2010. Using signal processing methods, they found evidence suggesting a decreasing use of the dominant seventh chord and increasing use of the minor-minor seventh chord. While signal analysis methods have improved substantially in recent years, the accuracy of signal-based analysis remains imperfect. Using a contrasting method and independent musical sample, this paper reports converging evidence replicating these findings.

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Published

2016-07-08