Observed Differences in Rhythm between Performances of Classical and Jazz Violin Students

TitleObserved Differences in Rhythm between Performances of Classical and Jazz Violin Students
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
Conference NameStockholm Music Acoustics Conference 2013 and Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013
AuthorsGuaus, E., Saña O., & Llimona Q.
Conference Start Date30/07/2013
Conference LocationStockholm, Sweden
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to present a case study that highlights some differences between violin students from the classical and jazz traditions. This work is part of a broader interdisciplinary research that studies whether classical violin students with jazz music background have more control on the tempo in their performances. Because of the artistic nature of music, it is difficult to establish a unique criteria about what this control on the tempo means. The case study here presented quantifies this by analyzing which student performances are closer to some given references (i.e. professional violinists). We focus on the rhythmic relationships of multimodal data recorded in different sessions by different students, analyzed using traditional statistical and MIR techniques. In this paper, we show the criteria for collecting data, the low level descriptors computed for different streams, and the statistical techniques used to determine the performance comparisons. Finally, we provide some tendencies showing that, for this case study, the differences between performances from students from different traditions really exist.
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