tempo and complexity tools (L-L Balkwill )

Subject: tempo and complexity tools
From:    L-L Balkwill  <balkwill(at)YORKU.CA>
Date:    Tue, 6 Apr 1999 12:11:42 -0400

Hi all, I am surveying the literature to find out what kinds of tools people are using to assess tempo (speed of pulse) and complexity (repetition of motif and event density) in musical stimuli. I am particularly interested in computer software, such as 'SoundEdit' and 'SoundSwell'. My understanding so far is that these programs will give you a spectrograph of a small segment of music which you can then enlarge. But to get an idea of event density or bpm you must manually count the peaks or engage in more traditional methods of tracking tempo and judging meter. I would like to know what people on the list are using for 'objective' measures of tempo and complexity -- and whether these tools are limited to assessments of music in the Western diatonic tonal system. In other words are they configured to assess 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 or could they be used to assess the tempo and rhythmic grouping of non-Western music? Laura-Lee Balkwill Department of Psychology 026 Atkinson College York University (416) 736-2100 ext. 66399

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