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Re: [AUDITORY] Note durations in music

People who have done extensive research in looking at note patterns that come to mind are Alf Gabrielson (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Carolyn Palmer (Mcgill Univ., Montreal). These people are in "music psychology". I saw Alf give a talk once where it seemed that he did all of his analysis by eye-balling waveforms. Carolyn used MIDI keyboard input, I believe.

Alf has an online 53 page article titled "Music Performance Research at the Millennium", which covers 200 papers from 1995 to 2002.

If you want to get note information automatically from audio what you need is an audio-to-MIDI program and a way to import MIDI into your software of choice. A list of programs is given at http://www.music-notation.info/en/compmus/audio2midi.html

Curiously, most of the programs listed are said to work on polyphonic signals. I have my doubts that they would work very well for that task using real-world music audio input, but solo signals should be easier.
I suspect legato is much tougher than staccato.


On Wed, 12 Jun 2013, Patel, Aniruddh D. wrote:

Dear list,

I'm trying to find papers which report measurements of two aspects of
note duration in solo instrumental monophonic music (e.g., recordings
of solo violin, cello, trumpet, clarinet, flute, etc. - not piano,
guitar, or other instruments that can play multiple notes

1. The average duration of notes in a piece

2. A histogram of note durations in the piece

Thus for example this solo cello prelude by JS Bach last about 4 minutes
and contains N notes (anybody know?), so the average note duration in
this piece is about N/240 notes/sec.


If one could measure the duration of each note in this recording, then
one could plot the histogram of note durations in the piece.

Is anyone aware of such data for any solo monophonic instrument? Musical
style doesn't matter (can be classical, folk, etc.).


Ani Patel

Aniruddh D. Patel
Associate Professor
Dept. of Psychology
Tufts University
490 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02115