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PDF | review of David Temperley’s “Music and Probability”. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, , ISBN (hardcover) $ Music and probability / David Temperley. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Probabilistic foundations and background— Melody I. So, David Temperley is right to say, in the introduction to his new With Music and Probability, Temperley sets out to fulfill two main tasks: to give an introduction.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Drawing on his own research and surveying recent work by others, Temperley explores a range of further issues in music and probability, including transcription, phrase perception, pattern perception, harmony, improvisation, and musical styles.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Although the process was thought to be equivalent in musc sense to that of neural networks, it was impossible to develop an algorithm that could predict what the cognitive processes would be like.

An early dzvid of such difficulties within a probabilistic study of music can be found in Cohen Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. See all 4 reviews. This is the format required by the meter program and the monophonic key program. The emphasis is on Bayesian methods and the result is a firm empirical grounding for music theory. The application of probabilistic ideas to music has been pursued only sporadically over the past four decades, but the time is tekperley, Temperley argues, for a reconsideration of how probabilities shape music perception and even music itself.


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Temperley’s book is timely and will be a major contribution to the field of music cognition. Ships from and sold by Amazon. The Note-Address System You can evaluate a metrical model using the note-address system in the following way. Items appearing in MTO may be saved and stored in electronic or paper form, and may be shared among individuals for purposes of scholarly research or discussion, but may not be republished in any form, electronic or print, without prior, written permission from the author sand advance notification of the editors of MTO.

In summary, this book is a good one in demonstrating that a probabilistic perspective opens the door to a new and powerful approach to the study of music creation.

All source code materials are tempefley C. The title of this book is somewhat misleading. Since computers were particularly well suited to perform syntactic analysis, it seemed conceivable that one could turn them into cognitive agents Turing Customers who bought this item also bought.

Bayes’ Rule allows us to identify that underlying structure.

As he did in The Cognition of Basic Musical StructuresTemperley here challenges the frontiers of the definition of music theory and cognition. In music perception, one is often confronted with a pattern of notes and wishes to know the underlying structure that gave rise to it.

Get to Know Us. Temperley clearly understands mathematics, music, and cognitive sciences, and he successfully and convincingly combines them in his book. Rather, it shapes his theory about how our mind actually perceives specific musical elements such as dynamics, rhythm, chords, melody, harmony, and so on.

Drawing on my own research and surveying recent work by others, I explore a range of further issues in music and probability, including transcription, phrase perception, pattern perception, harmony, improvisation, and musical styles. By means of the Bayes rule, one is able to make inferences about a hidden variable that is related to a structure not directly accessible, based on knowledge about an observable variable.


This idea may sound strange to music theorists, but Temperley makes a convincing case for its application. He also shows a few simple examples, and discusses the applications of probability theory to other areas of study.

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In particular they lead very naturally to ways of identifying the probability of actual note patterns. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? A Polyphonic Key-Finding Model 79 6. In chapter three the daviv addresses a basic problem of music perception – the identification meter – and proposes a probabilistic model of this process.

The first few chapters Temperley does an excellent job of explaining the basis of Baye’s Theorem. What is Cognitive Science? Thus the author invokes a number of concepts from probability theory and probabilistic modeling, relying most heavily on Bayes Rule, an axiom of probability. See below for further information. If music perception is largely probabilistic in nature this should not be surprising since probability pervades almost every aspect of temper,ey life.

He explains how probability is used to detect pitch or rhythm, and argues that in order to state that a certain composition is within a specific style we generate probabilities from different models, and assign the one with higher probability. Further, he can explain some paradoxes in music perception.