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Re: [AUDITORY] Note durations in music

Hi Ani and list,

I can't seem to think of any paper that has done such measurements systematically.
But I would caution that notated duration in music is fundamentally about onset-onset
time, not onset-offset time. So, while studying midi renderings (or other 
notation-related representations) would provide an answer to this question, it would
be of questionable value.The only way to get a reasonable answer would be to
study audio recordings of performances. 


Edward Large, Ph.D.
Professor of Complex Systems & Brain Sciences
Florida Atlantic University

On Jun 12, 2013, at 4:07 PM, "Patel, Aniruddh D." <a.patel@xxxxxxxxx> 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 simultaneously).
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

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