Modeling Musical Structure

Anthony Pople

in Empirical Musicology

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167498
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867707 | DOI:
Modeling Musical Structure

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This chapter discusses the application of formal analytical approaches to individual musical works. Serious attempts to formalize, and to even to automate, the process of analysis go back to the 1980s, and have important empirical consequences: once a method is formalized, it becomes possible to apply it in a systematic and uniform manner and from this to discover what the empirical consequences of the approach really are. A range of approaches to which this applies is surveyed (from methods based on artificial intelligence to neural nets), including the work of Winograd, Tenney, Gjerdingen, and Temperley. The chapter ends with consideration of Pople's own “Tonalities” software, which represents an empirical means by which analysts can become increasingly aware of the consequences of their intuitions concerning a piece's structure.

Keywords: formal; analysis; artificial intelligence; neural nets; Tonalities; Winograd; Tenney; Gjerdingen; Temperley

Chapter.  11312 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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