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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Buy the selected items together This item: Learn more about Amazon Prime. This is the format required by prbability meter program and the monophonic key program.

With regard to both meter and key, the models proposed are not merely models of information retrieval, but also shed light on other aspects of perception. An Algorithm for Determining Key Boundaries.

Write a customer review. The following is the table of contents: Further, he can explain some paradoxes in music perception.

A History of the Cognitive Revolution. Expectancies generated by melodic intervals: Based on those results he is also able to analyze common human expectations in music and how errors are detected. Review As he did in The Cognition of Basic Musical StructuresTemperley here challenges the frontiers of the definition of music theory and cognition. In my book Music and ProbabilityI explore issues in music perception and cognition from a probabilistic perspective.

I propose computational models for two basic cognitive processes, the perception of key and the perception of meter, using techniques of Bayesian probabilistic modeling.

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Its main goal, then, is to establish relationships between probability and musical style, in order to gain insight about music from a cognitive perspective.


If flags can be used, they are placed after the program name, possibly with a number after them: After anc introduction, the book presents relevant concepts as needed. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. What is Cognitive Science?

A very accessible text, that explores deeper theoretical concepts concerning the syntax of music. Statistical Learning of Melodic Patterns 9. Please try again later.

The xnd of probabilistic ideas to music has been pursued only sporadically over the past four decades, but the time is ripe, Temperley argues, for a reconsideration of how probabilities shape music perception and even music itself. The reader learns how the brain uses the mathematical nature of music to perceive and create music.

Music and Probability

Recent advances in the application of probability theory to other domains of cognitive modeling, etmperley with new evidence and theoretical insights about the working of the musical mind, have laid the groundwork for more fruitful investigations.

These issues are explored in chapter 5 with regard to monophonic music and chapter 7 with regard to polyphonic music. The sections on key detection got somewhat better but overall the book really needed better editing. In summary, this book is a good one in demonstrating that a probabilistic perspective opens the door to a new and powerful probabillty to the study of music creation.

David Temperley – Columbia University Department of Music

Cross-entropy shows in a quantitative way how well a model predicts a body of data. Probabilistic Foundations and Background 7 2. In Music and ProbabilityDavid Temperley explores issues in music perception and cognition from a probabilistic perspective.

An early appreciation of such difficulties within a probabilistic study of music can be found in Cohen Temperley, an accomplished and imaginative music theorist, knows the data of music to which he lucidly applies probabilistic modeling techniques. Temperley proposes computational models for two basic cognitive processes, the perception of key and the perception of meter, using techniques of Bayesian probabilistic modeling.


Since computers were particularly well suited to perform syntactic analysis, it seemed conceivable that one could turn them into cognitive agents Turing Bayes’ Rule allows us to identify that underlying structure.

Cognitive Science and Human Experience. Although the process was thought to be equivalent in some sense to that of neural networks, it was impossible to develop an algorithm that could predict what the cognitive processes would be like. Rather, it shapes his theory about how our mind actually perceives specific musical elements such as dynamics, probabikity, chords, melody, harmony, and so on. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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Highly recommended for all who have an interest in algorithmic composition. The excerpts are not provided here. Expectation and Error Detection 65 5. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Style and Composition 9. A Polyphonic Key-Finding Model 79 6. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Finally, Temperley introduces his models, which are always justified and compared to the other established models.