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Entrepreneur and Pinax Lead Developer; Web Standards and Open Source Guy; Movie Producer and Digital Cinematographer; Composer and Music Theorist; Greek Scholar and Doctoral Student in Linguistics

May
26
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
Probabilistic phrase structure grammars will give more large-scale structure, I think, but Markov chains are an obvious low-level tool and exactly the sort of thing I'd like the data for
May
22
comment Alternative Numerical Representation of Pitch
These systems are all either non-numerical or fail to maintain enharmonic spelling differentiation. I'm interested in whether Base-40 is still state-of-the-art or whether other systems have been developed in the last 25 years.
May
21
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May
21
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May
21
comment Alternative Numerical Representation of Pitch
@cotroxell while not directly answering this question, your link is highly relevant to the broader questions I have; thanks!
May
21
comment Capitalization of key names (C Minor vs. c minor)
well, just because there's no need to further distinguish, doesn't mean there isn't a house style particular music publishers use (or once used) that required it. I assumed the question was about when and why the "convention" changed.
May
21
comment Alternative Numerical Representation of Pitch
@Noldorin: joking aside, frequency isn't really that different than the MIDI note value. In fact, if you assume 12-eq and allow for non-integer MIDI note values, they are homeomorphic. Systems like Hewlett's and mine maintain note naming for us people that care that A♯ is not B♭ :-)
May
21
comment Alternative Numerical Representation of Pitch
@Matthew Read: I've edited the final paragraph to make it clearer I'm interested in what other systems are in use
May
21
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May
20
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May
20
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May
20
comment Why is C the base note of standard notation and keys?
In other words, it's not that "C" was given any prominence (directly) as the "base note" but rather the Ionian became the "base mode". The latter names themselves favour the Aeolian as the "base mode".
May
20
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
@musicwithoutpaper there's a decent amount of research out there on accompaniment generation (as well as melody generation) but, like many programmers, I want to develop my own particular take on it (and I'm a linguist by training so that gives another perspective as well)
May
19
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
@musicwithoutpaper yeah, for analyzing chord progressions, inferring grammars and generating chord progressions; nothing too ground-breaking. Will hopefully help me develop more of my 'Sebastian' software too.
May
19
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May
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May
19
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May
18
comment Capitalization of key names (C Minor vs. c minor)
tangential to the specifics of key names, but capitalization continues to matter in things like II vs ii or DM7 vs Dm7; with regard to key names, I recall seeing C vs c mostly in the context of German key names
May
17
comment Prokofiev's style
good stuff; agree with all this too
May
17
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