Local Compositions

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Local compositions are introduced as elementary objects of music. They derive from powerset denotators. It is shown that all denotators may be transformed into local compositions. A special type of local compositions can be defined from a fixed set of denotators of a given “ambient space”. With these so-called objective local compositions the problem of universal construction of new concepts from given ones cannot be solved. This imposes a deeper theory of non-objective functorial local compositions. The basic vocabulary as well as an introductory list of common local compositions—such as scales, ordinary and fractal chords, meters, rhythms, and motives—are presented. The chapter concludes with a discussion of tangent objects in local theory, a concept framework which leads to alterations and related results by Mason and Mazzola.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

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

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