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Editor’s Message

[1] This issue’s article and book review both involve popular music subjects. Mark Butler studies aspects of rhythm and meter in electronic dance music. Where meter can be found at more than one layer of a musical surface, there exists potential for conflict or ambiguity. Butler examines various instances of such phenomena before turning his attention to asymmetrical patterns in the repertoire, which he considers from the points of view of several recent rhythmic theories.

[2] Also in this issue, Walter Everett reviews Reading Pop: Approaches to Textual Analysis in Popular Music, a collection of essays, edited by Richard Middleton, that were originally published in the journal Popular Music. Rounding out the issue are an extensive listing of job opportunities, general announcements, and a new book.

[3] Reactions to Butler’s article or Everett’s review can be shared in two ways. The mto-talk email list is available to MTO subscribers (subscription is free) for online discussion of any MTO-related topic. (This link will help you determine if you are a subscriber.) To post to mto-talk, simply send an email message to Longer responses may be submitted for publication in the Commentary section of the next issue. These should be formatted and submitted according to MTO’s Author Guidelines.

[4] I’d like to take a moment to thank Larry Zbikowski, term of service on the MTO Editorial Board ends with this issue. Larry’s contributions have been valuable and much appreciated.

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Eric J. Isaacson, General Editor
Music Theory Online
School of Music
Indiana University
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Updated 03 July 2013
Brent Yorgason