Video Podcasts

These three video podcasts, made by Educreate, set out some of the theories explored in Desire in Chromatic Harmony.

Episode 1: Neofunctionality in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

In this video podcast I introduce my theory of how tonal functions (the Tonic, Subdominant, and Dominant) rotate in a particular sequence, essentially moving around the circle of fifths while making chord substitutions by minor third relatives. To explicate this, I analyse the opening section of Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde.

The music theoretical aspects of this video podcast are explored from a psychodynamic angle in Desire in Chromatic Harmony, chapters 1-2.

Download my musical example of Wagner's Prelude.

Download a blank version of the functional space graph.

Episode 2: Szymanowski and Drive Analysis

This episode introduces my method of drive analysis, which takes apart the components of complex chord constructions that have multiple dominant seventh 'drives' within them. I produce a way of plotting these 'drives' on a grid. This method is fully explained in Chapter 4 of Desire in Chromatic Harmony.

Download my drive analysis "legend"

Download my harmonic reduction of Szymanowski's Symphony No. 3/i - "Song of the Night".

Download my full drive analysis of Szymanowski's Symphony No. 3/i - "Song of the Night".

Episode 3: The Enigma of Entropy in Drive Analysis

This video podcast develops material from Desire in Chromatic Harmony, by extending some of the precepts of drive analysis into the domain of information theory. It mathematically models the strength of individual 'drives' within complex sonorities using the theory explored in episode 2, now giving further nuance to the model through an interpretation of Skryabin's Enigme. The theory presented here is further developed in the journal article:

"The Enigma of Entropy in Extended Tonality" (2021). Music Theory Spectrum, 43(1)

Download the score for Enigme.

Download the drive analysis graph of Enigme.

Download my drive analysis "legend".

Download the entropy formulae used in the podcast .