Modern Beauty

Junior Research Fellowship (2016-19)

Linacre College, Oxford

Electronic Midwest Festival © Drew Ressler 2013

Electronic Midwest Festival © Drew Ressler 2013

Beauty has been a problematic notion in twentieth-century philosophy, with post-war theorists abandoning the concept in favour of terms like ‘pleasure’. However in the last few years, academia has started to reconsider beauty’s potential as a valuable lens for understanding the arts.  This project investigates how beauty can be used to better understand popular music theory. The project makes use of an innovative cross-disciplinary methodology, combining philosophical and musicological investigations with practice-based compositional research to seek innovative insights which will be of interest to academics across numerous disciplines including musicology, philosophy, art theory and cultural studies.