SMT-V: The Society for Music Theory Videocast Journal

SMT-V is the open-access, peer-reviewed video journal of the Society for Music Theory. Founded in 2014, SMT-V publishes video essays that showcase research in music theory in a dynamic, audiovisual format, presented so as to have the potential to engage both specialists within the field as well as interested viewers outside the music theory community. The journal features a supportive and collaborative production process, and publishes three to four videos per year. Read more about SMT-V here.

Latest Issue: 5.5 (September 2019)

Seeing Stories, Hearing Stories in Narrative Music Video

Matthew E. Ferrandino (University of Kansas) and Brad Osborn (University of Kansas)


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Music video combines moving images with a preexisting song. The narrative implied by a music video’s visual content can either support or seem at odds with the narrative suggested by the song’s music and lyrics, in ways that have fascinating repercussions. In this video, we explore four different relationships between image and sound and how these interactions influence our interpretation of music video.

Keywords: Benny Blanco, Beyoncé, Crash Test Dummies, David Guetta, music video, narrative, Sia


Suggested citation:

Ferrandino, Matthew R., and Brad Osborn. 2019. “Seeing Stories, Hearing Stories in Narrative Music Video.” SMT-V 5/5.


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