Objectives of OMS: Better Music Theory and Music Analysis


The primary objective of OMSModel.com is to develop the most comprehensive model of music possible.

  • The dominant model of music (the “note-centric model”) now is over 400 years old. Its scope and methods are insufficient for music today.
  • Using current scientific methods, we can build models that are broader and more effective.
  • This provides an altogether new kind of music theory and music analysis.

Benefits of OMSModel.com:

  • For scientists: Better guidance for research. Frameworks for developing theories and testing them. Exciting hypotheses to investigate and develop. Better music theory.
  • For musicians: Non-directive structure to help organize and stimulate an artist’s personal aesthetic goals. Guidance for more effective performances. Frameworks for thinking about the Great Questions of Music. Better music analysis.
  • For listeners: Richer and more-intense musical experiences, that are also more personal and individual. Enhanced ability to articulate one’s thoughts about music. Improved ability to discover favorite new music.

What you can expect from OMSModel.com:

OMSModel.com will deliver some shocks and many small surprises. It is like a very smart professional music critic who loves music, loves communicating, and who has very definite views about many things. Even when you disagree with OMSModel.com, you will find it interesting – because its opinions are based on deep experience in music, science, and philosophical tradition. A few sample “opinions” from OMSModel.com:

– All music can be rated (e.g. on a scale from 0 – 1000), in a uniform way across all genres.

– Conventional music theory (notes, scores, chord patterns, …) is mainly of little relevance to how music is experienced.

– Some instances of pop music are superior to some instances of Mozart.

– Music is not a language, even though at times it “feels” like it must be a language. There is an explanation for this feeling, but the feeling itself is fallacious.