Kenneth Smith


Kenneth is Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool where he has worked since holding posts at Keele and Durham (where he completed his PhD in 2009). He lectures on various aspects of music theory in popular and classical repertoires. His first book, Skryabin, Philosophy and the Music of Desire was published early in 2013, and he has published essays in academic journals on Alexander Skryabin, Karol Szymanowski, Charles Ives and Alexander von Zemlinsky. In addition to his interest in Western art-music from the turn of the twentieth century, Kenneth combines music theory with continental philosophy and psychoanalysis. His next book, Desire in Chromatic Harmony (Oxford Studies in Music Theory series, 2020) is a psychological model of twentieth century harmony that examines works by a range of composers, setting these into theoretical and philosophical contexts. Kenneth is also interested in the theory of popular music with a co-edited book (The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches, 2018) containing a chapter on Arab Strap, and he has published on form and harmony in Modest Mouse (2014) and Suede (2017). Kenneth co-organised the popMAC conference at Liverpool in 2013, the RMA2017 conference, and has assisted with the successful running of SMA conferences and events since 2011.