A swingogram representation for tracking micro-rhythmic variation in jazz performances

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A swingogram representation for tracking micro-rhythmic variation in jazz performances
Journal of New Music Research
47
97-113
2018
eng
A typical micro-rhythmic trait of jazz performances is their ‘swing feel.’ According to several studies, uneven eighth notes contribute decisively to this perceived quality. In this paper we analyze the swing ratio (beat-upbeat ratio) implied by the drummer on the ride cymbal. Extending previous work, we propose a new method for semi-automatic swing ratio estimation based on pattern recognition in onset sequences. As a main contribution, we introduce a novel time-swing ratio representation called swingogram, which locally captures information related to the swing ratio over time. Based on this representation, we propose to track the most plausible trajectory of the swing ratio of the ride cymbal pattern over time via dynamic programming. We show how this kind of visualization leads to interesting insights into the peculiarities of jazz musicians improvising together.
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10.1080/09298215.2017.1367405