My writings deal with the intersection of mathematics with a variety of topics in music theory and analysis, such as rhythm, harmony, musical structure, and form. The lists below link to preprint pdfs available through OpenBU or this website, or journal websites in the case of open access publications.


A recent issue of the Journal of Mathematics and Music (Vol. 16, no. 3, Fall 2022) is a tribute to Jack Douthett, which I edited.

In 2022, I edited a special issue of the Journal of Mathematics and Music (16/2) on the Mathematics of Rhythm in honor of Godfried Toussiant, with Chris White and Leigh Van Handel, which can be found here.

I recently published an article that proposes a data-driven approach to identifying harmonies in music with Jaesong Lee and Eugene Pinsky, “A Clustering-Based Approach to Automatic Harmonic Analysis: An Exploratory Study of Harmony and Form in Mozart’s Piano Sonatas” Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval 5/1.

At the meeting of the American Brahms Society, Brahms 2022: New Paths, New Persepctives in New Orleans, Nov. 9–10, I presented on a themed session organized by Richard Cohn, entitled Brahms’s Hybrid Metric Dissonances, 1:30–3:00 on Weds. 11/9. My paper, “Multivalent Displaced Hemiolas in Brahms’s Late Songs” analyzes three songs from Op. 94 and Op. 106 and introduces a visualization of metrical displacement and hemiola I call the “metric cyclone.”

At the Joint Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, and Society for Ethnomusicology, I presented a poster on the SMT poster session from 8–10 AM on Friday Nov. 11. My poster, “Interacting Periodicities in the Music of Ligeti and The Bad Plus” shows how rhythmic spectra can reveal implicit periodicities in “funky” rhythms that can interact, similar in certain ways to polyrhythms, but with a different effect. I draw examples from the later music of modernist composer György Ligeti and the members of the boundary-pushing jazz trio The Bad Plus (Reid Anderson and Dave King) form the early 2000s.

Also at this meeting, I gave a talk for the Mathematics of Music Interest Group of the SMT on Friday, Nov. 11, 12:30–2:00 PM on the mathematical portions of my 2018 book, Organized Time: Rhythm, Tonality, and Form I focused on Chs. 4, 13, and 14, which introduce properties of structural networks, some graph theory for structural networks, and the idea of the associahedron as a geometry of structural networks.