Time, music and complexity

Vortrag von Jean Pierre Boon
(Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgien)


Within the virtually infinite complexity of art forms, music is probably the form which is best amenable to quantitative analysis. An approach based on the tools of modern physics and mathematics can be developped to analyze some aspects of western music. In particular I shall consider temporal dynamics in music and present methods susceptible to quantify the time evolution of a music sequence. For this purpose concepts such as dimensionality, power spectrum and entropy must be defined and applied specifically to music analysis. I will show how such quantities can be computed and will present the results obtained from computations performed on pieces sampled in the music literature from the 18th to the 20th century.