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Shaugn O'Donnell

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Shaugn O'Donnell

Department Chair, Associate Professor/Theory

School/Division
Department
Office
Shepard Hall 72C
Phone Number: 
212-650-5411
Email: 
sodonnell@ccny.cuny.edu
Personal Website: 
https://shaugn.com
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Shaugn O’Donnell is a guitarist and theorist specializing in twentieth-century music. His research interests include post-tonal analysis, transformation theory, and popular music, particularly rock improvisation. He is currently Chair of the Music Department at The City College​ of New York and is also a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Education
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Ph.D., Music Theory (1997) Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., Music Theory (1991) Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York
B.A., Music, Secondary Education (1989) Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York

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Courses
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Undergraduate [City College]:

Theory I, II, III, IV – MUS 13200, 23100, 23200, 33100

Pink Floyd – MUS 40011

Rock Analysis – MUS 42000

 

Graduate Courses:

 

Tonal Harmony – MUS V2100 [City College]

Post-Tonal Theory – MUS V2200 [City College]; MUS 74100 [Graduate Center]

Rock Analysis – MUS V6801 [City College]; MUS 84200 [Graduate Center]

 
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Recent Scholarship
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“‘Silence in the studio!’: Collage as Retransition in Pink Floyd’s ‘Atom Heart Mother Suite’.” The Routledge Companion to Popular Music: Expanding Approaches, edited by Ciro Scotto, Kenneth Smith, and John Brackett. Routledge, forthcoming 2018.

“Psychedelic Masquerade: Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love.” Summer of Love: Rethinking the Counter-Culture. San Francisco, CA. July 29, 2017. Also presented at the Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ann Arbor, MI. June 1, 2017.

“There's Nothing Like A Grateful Dead Analysis.” “All Graceful Instruments,” The Grateful Dead in Context – An Interdisciplinary Symposium. New York, NY. June 23, 2017.

“The Road[s] Not Taken.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 16, 2017.

“Formal Design in a ‘Playing’ Palindrome.” “So Many Roads”: The World in the Grateful Dead, San Jose State University, CA. November 6, 2014.

“[Return of] Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon.” Institute for Popular Music Virtual Conference, University of Rochester, NY. May 27, 2014.

“Pink Floyd and the Academy.” Pink Floyd: Sight, Sound, and Structure Interdisciplinary Conference. Princeton University. April 12, 2014.

“A Preliminary Taxonomy of Garcia’s Solos.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 21, 2014.

“Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon.” Institute for Popular Music Lecture Series, University of Rochester, NY. September 18, 2013.

“Harmonic Relations in a 1973 Palindrome.” Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 9, 2012.

“The Big Bang and the Formation of ‘Space’.” Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. April 21, 2011.

“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation, edited by Jim Tuedio and Stan Spector, 58–70. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2010.

“Uncle Charles’s Band: More on Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 14, 2008.

“Bobby, Béla, and Borrowing in ‘Victim or the Crime’.” In All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, edited by Nicholas Meriwether, 38–51. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

“Embracing Relational Abundance.” Music Theory Online 13.3 (2007).
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“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture, and Memory, Amherst, MA. November 17, 2007.

“Review of What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis by Ken Stephenson (Yale University Press, 2002).” Music Theory Spectrum 28.1 (2006): 132–140.

“‘On the Path’: Tracing Tonal Coherence in Dark Side of the Moon.” In “Speak to Me”: The Legacy of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, edited by Russell Reising, 87–103. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2005.

“If-Only Networks and Analytical Desire.” Dublin International Conference on Music Analysis, Dublin, Ireland. June 24, 2005.

 

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