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Computational and Comparative Musicology

Nicholas Cook

in Empirical Musicology

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167498
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167498.003.0006
Computational and Comparative Musicology

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This chapter surveys a range of applications of computers to the analysis of music, placing particular emphasis on large corpora. Subjects covered include notation-based visualization, the principles underlying music representation languages, and David Huron's Humdrum Toolkit, with a number of case studies being described in which computational approaches measure the validity of speculative analyses or enable new correlations of data. There is a final discussion of the potential of integrating such techniques within the practice of “mainstream” musicology, the difficulties inherent in this, and some ways in which they might be solved.

Keywords: analysis; corpora; visualization; David Huron; Humdrum Toolkit

Chapter.  10088 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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