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Dr Stephen Loy

BMus(Hons) PhD Syd GradDipEd(Secondary) NE LRSM DipABRSM LMusA AMusA
Lecturer (Musicology)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 6125 7635

Areas of expertise

  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 190409

Research interests

Stephen's research interests range across a variety of areas, taking in both the study of Western art music of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as popular music studies. A particular research interest is the interaction between the experimental avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s and aspects of the popular music of the period. He has worked projects on the following topics:

  • Beethoven reception in compositions of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Aspects of German identity in the music of Brahms
  • Analytical approaches to the music of Led Zeppelin

Journal Articles

“Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’: From Lament to Psychedelic Tour de Force.” Humanities Research, vol. XIX no. 3 (2012): 125-134.

“Music, Activism and Tradition: Louis Andriessen’s Nine Symphonies of Beethoven.” Context: Journal of Music Research, vol. 34 (2009): 15-34. 

Book Reviews

Review of Speaking of Music: Addressing the Sonorous. In Musicology Australia, vol. 36 no. 2 (2014): 308-311.

Conference Papers

"Mixing Styles into Structure: Contrast in the Creation of Large-scale form in Led Zeppelin's Live Sets." International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia and New Zealand Branch Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, December 2014.

"Contrast as Structural Agent: Evaluating intra- and inter-song structure in Led Zeppelin’s concert performances." Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, University of Melbourne, December 2014.

"Dynamic and Dramatic Contrast in the Creation of Large-scale Structure in Led Zeppelin's Live Sets." Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, December 2013.

"Form Through Content in Led Zeppelin's Concert Performances." PopMAC: International Conference on Analysing Popular Music, University of Liverpool, UK, July 2013.

"'A Little Late these Days it Seems': Late Style in Presence." Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, Australian National University, December 2012.

"Led Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused': From Lament to Psychedelic Tour de Force." Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, University of Western Australia, December 2011.

"Beethoven and Radicalism: Socio-political Engagement and Awareness of Tradition at the Time of the 1970 Bicentenary." Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, December 2011.

"Led Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused': From Lament to Psychedelic Tour de Force." International Council for Traditional Music Colloquium on Laments, Australian National University, April 2011.

"Music, Activism and Tradition: Louis Andriessen's Nine Symphonies of Beethoven." Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, September 2005.

Biography

Dr Loy completed his doctoral studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney, in 2006, examining connections between the late 1960s avant-garde and the classical tradition of Beethoven. Other research interests include the music of Brahms, and popular music of the 1960s and 1970s. He has lectured at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of New South Wales.

Current student projects

Mark Johnson, "Antimodernism and Musical Narrative in Early Norwegian Black Metal." (PhD by research)

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