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Mathematical Features for Recognizing Preference in Sub-saharan African Traditional Rhythm Timelines

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Mathematical Features for Recognizing Preference in Sub-saharan African Traditional Rhythm Timelines
The heart of an African rhythm is the timeline, a beat that cyclically repeats thoughout a piece, and is often performed with an iron bell that all performers can hear. Such rhythms can be represented as sequences of points on a circular lattice, where the position of the points indicates the time in the cycle at which the instrument is struck. Whereas in theory there are thousands of possible choices for such timeline patterns, in practice only a few of these are ever used. This brings up the question of how these few patterns were selected over all the others, and of those selected, why some are preferred (have more widespread use) than others. Simha Arom discovered that the rhythms used in the traditional music of the Aka Pygmies of Central Africa possess what he calls the rhythmic oddity property. A rhythm has the rhythmic oddity property if it does not contain two onsets that partition the cycle into two half-cycles. Here a broader spectrum of rhythms from West, Central and South ...
Godfried T. Toussaint
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ICAPR
Authors Godfried T. Toussaint
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