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Re: [MUSIC-IR] musical complexity

Hi Tom,

This was the main topic of a colloqium organized at Ircam in 2009 bringing scientists, artists and philosophers together. Some of the presentation videos are actually online:


Besides this, a recent publication of me and my colleagues discusses the issue (taken directly out of my thesis) and just assymptotically touching this (very important) issue -- using methods of information geometry:

Cont A., Dubnov S., and Assayag G., On the Information Geometry of Audio Streams with Applications to Similarity Computing, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Vol. 19, no. 4, Pp. 837-846, May 2011.


Arshia Cont
Researcher, Musical Representations Team, +
Head of Musical Research,
Ircam - Centre Pompidou.

On Aug 11, 2011, at 4:29 PM, Tom Cochrane wrote:

(apologies for cross postings)

Dear listmembers

Does anyone know of any important articles or books which discuss the issue of musical complexity? I am particularly interested to find papers that debate how musical complexity should be understood at a high theoretical level. For instance, should musical complexity be understood in purely information theoretic terms or in terms of our psychological capacity to predict and remember (e.g. analogous to the way that amplitude differs from perceived loudness)?



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