Computational ethnomusicology: a study of flamenco and Arab-Andalusian vocal music

TitleComputational ethnomusicology: a study of flamenco and Arab-Andalusian vocal music
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
Conference Name4th International Workshop On Folk Music Analysis
AuthorsKroher, N., Gómez E., Sordo M., Gómez-Martín F., Díaz-Báñez J. M., Mora J., & Chaachoo A.
Conference Start Date11/06/2014
Conference LocationIstanbul
KeywordsArab-andalusian vocal music, computational ethnomusicology, flamenco, singing voice
AbstractThis interdisciplinary case study focuses on two well-established music traditions, flamenco and Arab-Andalusian music with special focus on the melodic aspects of the singing voice. We apply a hybrid methodology combining a traditional musicological analysis with music information retrieval techniques. Focusing on two representative pieces, a flamenco martinete and an Arab-Andalusian inshad, we illustrate commonalities and divergences among these traditions, and evidence on how existing technologies allows us to formalize expert’s knowledge and complement traditional analysis methodologies by discovering relationships that might otherwise have been unnoticed.
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