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Drew Nobile has recently discussed the phenomenon of loop divorce in rock music, in which a repeating chord loop seems disconnected from the clear tonal direction of a concurrent melody. In this paper, an expanded conception of loop divorce provides a framework to analyze the chromatic procedures of Tune-Yards, a contemporary experimental pop band whose music relies heavily on looped samples. Analyses of several songs demonstrate the musical versatility of loop divorce when considered in tandem with intonation, timbre, lyrics, and form. The analyses also suggest broader applications of loop divorce in hip-hop and experimental pop.


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  • Event date
    • 10 November 2018

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • 'Presenter Biography:

      Andrew Conklin is a composer, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who makes music that engages both with American vernacular idioms and contemporary classical practices. His work has received critical acclaim in blogs such as Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit, and has been supported by grants from sources such as the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Additional recognition has come from festivals including the Florida State University Biennial New Music Festival, the Society of Composers National Conference, the Lake George Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. An active performer, Andrew has toured throughout the United States and Europe as a guitarist and bassist with indie rock bands, bluegrass groups, and improvising ensembles. As a composer, he has enjoyed fruitful partnerships with musicians from some of today’s most inquisitive new music ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Mise-En, Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Connect, Tala Rasa Percussion, and the Calidore String Quartet. Andrew held teaching positions at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University before joining the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific as Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory.