We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of Music Theory Online. 

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The industrious team of editors, board members, and staff at Music Theory Online is proud to present Volume 29, No. 3. The eight articles in this September issue engage a wide range of musics, notably folk music, video game music, twentieth century classical music, Chinese language opera, and African drumming. The approaches, too, vary considerably: next to technical inquiries into phrase segmentation, waveform analysis, and pulse streams stand accounts of experiential dynamics in small ensemble performance and meditations on experiencing the passing of time. I’ll leave it to you all to see which theories and techniques end up applied to which musical traditions! There is also a review of Demystifying Scriabin, a significant new book of collected essays published on the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Happy reading to you all!
Brent Auerbach
Editor, Music Theory Online

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8-Bit Affordances: Jun Chikuma’s Soundtrack to Faxanadu
Karen M. Cook (University of Hartford)

“Your Soul is the Whole World”: The Spaces of Claude Vivier’s Siddhartha
Christopher Goddard (Gainesville, FL)

Chromatic Function in Schoenberg’s Little Piano Piece, op. 19, no. 1
David Hier (Oklahoma State University)

Metric Modes and Fluid Meter in Mande Drumming Music
James B. Morford (University of Washington)
Aaron M. David (Covina, CA)

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Self-Expressive Voice
Nancy Murphy (University of Michigan)

Sonic Bridges and Pitch-Based Bonding in Two Songs by Saariaho
Cecilia Oinas (Sibelius Academy)

Philosophizing Time in Sinitic Opera
Anna Yu Wang (Princeton University)

Klangfarbenmelodie, Chromophony, and Timbral Function in Arnold Schoenberg’s “Farben”
Matthew Zeller (Musical Instrument Museum)


Review of Kenneth Smith and Vasilis Kallis, eds., Demystifying Scriabin (Boydell Press, 2022)
Jeffrey Scott Yunek (Kennesaw State University)