Analysis of musical rhythm complexity measures in a cultural context

Eric Thul, Godfried Toussaint

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Abstract

    Eight measures of musical rhythm complexity are compared to each other using two families of real-world rhythms: sub-saharan African timelines and North Indian talas. The complexity measures that are designed to measure syncopation, and that agree with human judgements, also agree with each other across the two families. Thus they may be considered as culturally robust measures, at least for these two families of rhythms. Furthermore, according to these measures the African timelines are more complex than the North Indian talas. On the other hand, the more mathematical measures of complexity are less culturally robust, and suggest that some North Indian talas are more complex, in this sense, than the African timelines.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08
    Pages113-116
    Number of pages4
    Volume273
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 8 2008
    Event2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08 - Montreal, QC, Canada
    Duration: May 12 2008May 13 2008

    Other

    Other2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08
    CountryCanada
    CityMontreal, QC
    Period5/12/085/13/08

    Keywords

    • Experimentation
    • Measurement
    • Performance
    • Verification

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction

    Cite this

    Thul, E., & Toussaint, G. (2008). Analysis of musical rhythm complexity measures in a cultural context. In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08 (Vol. 273, pp. 113-116). [1370258] https://doi.org/10.1145/1370256.1370258

    Analysis of musical rhythm complexity measures in a cultural context. / Thul, Eric; Toussaint, Godfried.

    ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08. Vol. 273 2008. p. 113-116 1370258.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Thul, E & Toussaint, G 2008, Analysis of musical rhythm complexity measures in a cultural context. in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08. vol. 273, 1370258, pp. 113-116, 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08, Montreal, QC, Canada, 5/12/08. https://doi.org/10.1145/1370256.1370258
    Thul E, Toussaint G. Analysis of musical rhythm complexity measures in a cultural context. In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08. Vol. 273. 2008. p. 113-116. 1370258 https://doi.org/10.1145/1370256.1370258
    Thul, Eric ; Toussaint, Godfried. / Analysis of musical rhythm complexity measures in a cultural context. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08. Vol. 273 2008. pp. 113-116
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