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Re: About Silence

On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 8:11 AM, Pablo Hernan Rodriguez
Zivic<elsonidoq@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Since the very beginning of my research I had trouble modeling silence. The
> silence is not just another pitch which has the ability of not to sound. I
> think that silence has to be treated apart from pitches, but I don't know how.

Rests (the musical notation analog to silence) are often (but not always)
markers that separate phrases or motives.  If your models are rich enough
to model melodies hierarchically (a phrase is an ordered list of
motives, a melody
is an ordered list of phrases), then a natural way to treat silence is as a cue
for segmentation.

John Lazzaro
john [dot] lazzaro [at] gmail [dot] com