Shaugn O’Donnell is a theorist specializing in twentieth-century music. His research interests include post-tonal analysis, transformation networks, metaphor theory, and rock music, particularly psychedelia.
“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation, edited by Jim Tuedio and Stan Spector, 58–70. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2010.
“Embracing Relational Abundance.” Music Theory Online 13.3 (2007).
“Bobby, Béla, and Borrowing in ‘Victim or the Crime’.” In All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, edited by Nicholas Meriwether, 38–51. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007
“Review of What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis by Ken Stephenson (Yale University Press, 2002).” Music Theory Spectrum 28.1 (2006): 132–140
"On the Path: Tracing Tonal Coherence in Dark Side of the Moon." In "Speak to Me": The Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, edited by Russell Reising, 87–103. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2005.
“Sailing to the Sun: Revolver's Influence on Pink Floyd.” In 'Every Sound There Is': The Beatles' Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll, edited by Russell Reising, 69 – 86. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2002.
“Klumpenhouwer Networks, Isography, and the Molecular Metaphor.” Intégral 12 (2000): 53 – 80.
“Space, Motion, and Other Musical Metaphors.” In Perspectives on the Grateful Dead: Critical Writings, edited by Robert G. Weiner, 127 – 135. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
“Linear Ordering of the Chromatic Aggregate in Classical Symphonic Music,” co-authored with Henry Burnett. Music Theory Spectrum 18.1 (1996): 22 – 50.