Pop-rock musical style as defined by two-chord patterns at segmentation points in the melody and lyrics

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Abstract

I describe a method for analyzing pop-rock musical styles by extracting chord patterns based on their structural roles in relation to melody and lyrics. Previous work applied models such as n-grams, treating chords as equally chopped fragments without considering their functions with respect to musical structures like phrases. In this paper I focus on chord patterns at the end of segments as suggested in lyrics and melody. I study punctuation marks in lyrics and apply established melodic segmentation methods to retrieve segmental structure of songs, and extract two-chord patterns at the end of retrieved segments. I also examine the manner in which lyric punctuation coincides with melodic boundaries. In the experiment consisting of 101 pop-rock songs, it is observed that 68% of extracted patterns differed from those defined as standard cadences in Western classical music. Focusing on those non-standard patterns seems beneficial for differentiating composition styles among pop-rock bands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISM 2009 - 11th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia
Pages448-452
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event11th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia, ISM 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2009Dec 16 2009

Publication series

NameISM 2009 - 11th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia

Other

Other11th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia, ISM 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period12/14/0912/16/09

Keywords

  • Chord patterns
  • Composition styles
  • Melody segmentatio
  • Punctuation in lyrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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