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"Where is the meter" : an investigation on rhythmic process in Björk’s music Eggertson, Kristine Sessalja

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Björk uses many rhythmic techniques typically found in popular music, such as repetition and syncopation, and is a talented composer who carefully crafts the details in her compositions. This paper will describe and explore some rhythmic and metric innovations found in her songs "Where is the Line?" and "Undo." In order to analyze her music, I must turn to primarily the theories and analyses of classical and art music. I will show how Björk uses techniques such as parallelism, hypermeter, metric shift, and projection of a late entry, to both create and destroy metric sensations in her music.

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