The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #158878   Message #3761142
Posted By: Steve Shaw
27-Dec-15 - 02:58 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
"(which prompts the idea: to the extent that notation is adequate it should be possible to analyse tune relatedness computationally -- might be a good student project! but surely it has been done before)."

Unfortunately, notation, at least of traditional tunes, is far from adequate. The rhythms employed by traditional musicians rarely lend themselves to the mathematical requirements of notation. Not only that, there is ornamentation and variation, so hard to pin down even when played by the same musician or bunch of musicians on more then one occasion, but which are the main drivers of the evolution of tunes. Give it a whirl, but I wouldn't be optimistic.