Synthesis of Turkish Makam Music Scores Using An Adaptive Tuning Approach

TitleSynthesis of Turkish Makam Music Scores Using An Adaptive Tuning Approach
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of PublicationIn Press
Conference Name7th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA)
AuthorsAtlı, H. S., Şentürk S., Bozkurt B., & Serra X.
Conference Start Date14/06/2017
Conference LocationMálaga, Spain
AbstractMusic synthesis is one of the most essential features of music notation software and applications aimed at navigating digital music score libraries. Currently, the majority of music synthesis tools are designed for Eurogenetic musics, and they are not able to address the culture-specific aspects (such as tuning, intonation and timbre) of many music cultures. In this paper, we focus on the tuning dimension in musical score playback for Turkish Makam Music (TMM). Based on existing computational tuning analysis methodologies, we propose an automatic synthesis methodology, which allows the user to listen to a music score synthesized according to the tuning extracted from an audio recording. As a proof-of-concept, we also present a desktop application, which allows the users to listen to playback of TMM music scores according to the theoretical temperament or a user specified reference recording. The playback of the synthesis using the tuning extracted from the recordings may provide a better user experience, and it may be used to assist music education, enhance music score editors and complement research in computational musicology.
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