Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


School of Music

First Advisor

Stephen Lias

Second Advisor

J. D. Salas

Third Advisor

James Adams

Fourth Advisor

Harry Stafylakis


I have long been fascinated by music that is created through the amalgamation of more than one style of music. As a composer, this has led to me exploring paths that combine elements of contemporary, classical, jazz, world, film, and video game music. In this thesis I explore elements of progressive metal band Meshuggah. More specifically I examine their use of polymeter, polyrhythm, and other rhythmic devices used in six of their songs. I then demonstrate how I applied those same components to an original composition, Armageddon, scored for flute, Bb clarinet, C trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. I used these techniques both in similar and different ways. I also explain how I employed a few techniques of my own.

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