Type of Document Dissertation Author Endrinal, Christopher James Scott Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04122008-130601 Title Form and Style in the Music of U2 Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jane Piper Clendinning Committee Chair Charles E. Brewer Committee Member James R. Mathes Committee Member Matthew R. Shaftel Committee Member Keywords
- Rock Music Analysis
- Popular Music Analysis
- Specific Form
- Overall Form
- Larry Mullen
- Adam Clayton
- The Edge
Date of Defense 2008-02-25 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of this study is to examine the formal designs and stylistic characteristics that U2 employs. It is my contention that, in addition to business savvy and commercial promotion, U2’s sustained success has been a result of stylistic originality and musical complexity.
The research in this dissertation is three-tiered. First, it identifies the salient sonic characteristics that distinguish U2’s music from the music of other bands. Second, using those characteristics, it examines the various formal organizations U2 uses throughout its catalogue. This step requires analysis of each section’s function and relationship to surrounding sections as well as to the song as a whole, which entails detailed examination of several elements including harmony, melody, lyrics, instrumentation, timbre, recording and production techniques, rhythm, meter, and motivic content. Third, I provide detailed analyses of several songs across the band’s career to demonstrate how U2 constructs songs and how each member incorporates his own unique musical perspective into these formal designs.
This study adopts a hybrid outlook on form and formal process, one that combines aspects of several different theories of form with original analytical strategies. I employ both “bottom-up” and “top-down” approaches to formal construction, graphical analysis in the form of electronic waveforms and spectrographs, as well as linear reductive methods, and traditional rhythmic, metric, melodic, and harmonic analysis.
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