Analysis of Lengths and Similarity of Melodies in Raga Bhimpalashree

Soubhik Chakraborty, Guerino Mazzola, Swarima Tewari, Moujhuri Patra

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In monophonic melody analysis, significance of a melody is measured by multiplying its length with the number of times it occurs. An analysis of melody lengths begins a new line of investigation (for a more comprehensive account, see Chakraborty et al. 2011–2012; this is possible in the first work on melody lengths). The strength of our results stems from the fact that a structure analysis discovers several interesting facts of the raga without restricting to any specific artist. The sequence of the raga notes, taken from a standard text, is given in Appendix of Chap. 4. A raga is a melodic structure with fixed notes and a set of rules characterizing a certain mood conveyed by performance. Two melodies, of equal length, are similar if the correlation coefficient of their shapes is significant. These concepts are detailed in the next section.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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