About

Cassette Theory is a blog about popular music and music theory.  There are a lot of reasons to love pop music.  It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s as moving at times as even the greatest pieces of classical music – and it can be just as interesting to listen to from a music theory standpoint.  Sometimes Cassette Theory is about theory, and other times not; mostly it’s about the music I like and why I think it works.  The phrase “cassette theory” is a play on “set theory,” a compositional technique that was trendy for a time in the twentieth century.

Copyright info: All songs and lyrics featured are the property of their creators and labels, and are generally available for purchase from your local record store (and if not, I bet they’ll order it for you).  Where possible, I’ve used official videos, or videos where the copyright has been claimed by its rightful owner.  This blog does not offer any songs for download except when expressly permitted.  All original content is the property of its author and may not be reproduced without permission.

Becky Sullivan is a producer for NPR and has written about music for NPR Music and Studio 360.  She attended the University of Kansas, where she studied music theory and DJed for KJHK, the school’s student-run radio station.


If you’re interested in writing for Cassette Theory, tell me about yourself and your idea for a post at cassettetheoryblog@gmail.com.

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