Brad Osborn

School of Music - Music
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Murphy Hall
Room 332



Ph.D., Music Theory, University of Washington

M.M., Music Theory, Florida State University

B.S., Music Education, Missouri State University

Teaching Interests

  • Music theory
  • Rock music
  • Graduate studies
  • Musicianship

Research Interests

  • Radiohead
  • Drumming
  • Post-millennial rock music
  • Rhythm and meter

Selected Publications

Myers, T. (in press). Definitions of Rock Music and Stylistic Overlaps. In A. Moore (Ed.), Bloomsbury Guide to Rock Music Research.

(in press). The Swerve and the Flow: Music Video’s Relationship to Dance. Perspectives of New Music.

Osborn, B. (in press). Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman (for Massenet)” . In B. Ravenscroft (Ed.), Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers, Vol. 4. Oxford University Press.

Osborn, B. & Blake, D. K. (in press). "Triangulating Timbre in Sigur Rós's Iceland" . In T. Mitchell & N. Dibben (Eds.), *Sounds Icelandic* (Equinox Press).

(2018). Review of Music Theory Remixed, by Kevin Holm-Hudson [Review of the book Music Theory Remixed, Kevin Holm-Hudson]. Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy

(2018). Through-Composed Forms. Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.

Osborn, B. & Osborn, K. (2018). The Production of Timbre: Analyzing the Sonic Signatures of Tool’s Ænima (1996) . In C. Scotto (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches. Routledge.

Osborn, B. (2018). Review of Hearing Harmony: Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era, by Christopher Doll [Review of the book Hearing Harmony: Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era, Christopher Doll]. Samples

Osborn, B. (2018). Terminally Climactic Forms. Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.

Osborn, B. (2018). Pop-Rock Pedagogy: Composition, Performance, Transcription, and Analysis in the Undergraduate Theory Core . In R. Lumsden (Ed.), The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory. W.W. Norton.

Osborn, B. (2017). "Rock Harmony Reconsidered: Tonal, Modal, and Contrapuntal Voice-Leading in Radiohead". Music Analysis. DOI:10.1111/musa.12085

Osborn, B. (2016). Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead, Oxford University Press.

Osborn, B. Azevedo, C. Fuller, C. Guerrero, J. & Kaler, M. (2015). P.J. Harvey's 'The Words that Maketh Murder'. In A. Moore, R. V. Appen, A. Doehring, & D. Helms (Eds.), Song Interpretation in 21st-Century Pop Music. Ashgate Press.

Osborn, B. (2014). "Kid Algebra: Radiohead's Euclidean and Maximally Even Rhythms". Perspectives of New Music, 52(1).

Osborn, B. (2014). "Brad Osborn Responds" (to a letter to the editor RE: my article in the same journal a year ago) . Music Theory Spectrum, 36(1).

Osborn, B. (2013). Hearing Heima: Ecological Approaches to Meaning in Three Icelandic Music Videos. In J. Boss, B. Osborn, T. Pack, & S. Rodgers (Eds.), Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others). Cambridge Scholars Press.

Osborn, B., Boss, J., Pack, T., & Rodgers, S. (Eds.). (2013). Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others) (B. Osborn, J. Boss, T. Pack, & S. Rodgers, Eds.). Cambridge Scholars Press.

Osborn, B. (2013). Subverting the Verse/Chorus Paradigm: Terminally Climactic Forms in Recent Rock Music. Music Theory Spectrum, 35(1).

Osborn, B. (2011). Understanding Through-Composition in Post-Rock, Math-Metal, and other Post-Millennial Rock Genres. Music Theory Online, 17(3).

Osborn, B. (2011). A Pragmatic Deleuzo-Guattarian Musicology in special issue "Deleuze et la musique". Filigrane: Musique, Esthétique, Sciences, Société, 13( ).

Osborn, B. (2010). Beats that Commute: Algebraic and Kinesthetic Models for Math Rock Grooves. Gamut, 3( 1).

Selected Presentations

(01/15/2019 - 04/30/2019). Multimodal Approaches to the Analysis of Music Videos. Invited Colloquium at Utah State University. Logan, UT

(10/01/2018 - 10/31/2018). An Experiential Exploration of Scandinavian Black Metal. Haunting Humanities. Abe & Jake's Landing. Available Here

(01/15/2018 - 04/30/2018). “Cart-Horse-Cart: Putting Theory Before Composition (and then putting it back)”. Invited Keynote Presentation at Midwest Music Research Collective Conference. University of Kansas

Osborn, B. . (12/31/2017). Longing, and the Subdominant Tritone in Film and Television. Joint Meeting of the Musicological Societies of Australia and New Zealand. Auckland, NZ

Osborn, B. . (09/30/2017). Who Grooves to What?: Differences in Guitarists' and Drummers' Metric Entrainment. University of British Colombia Rhythm Colloquium. Vancouver, CA

Osborn, B. . (06/30/2017). 1991 and all that Grunge. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). Kassel, Germany

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