Analysis

Music Processing Suite provides an extensive music analysis component for statistical musicological analyses. It is possible to perform

  • in-depth analyses of a specific piece
  • comparative analyses of a collection of pieces
  • comparative analyses of a large corpus of compositions

The different analysis scopes are visualized in the following figure:

MPS produces CSV files containing statistical analysis data of the compositions selected in the analysis scope. These can be used for scientific analysis purposes. Furthermore, PDF reports can be generated containing high-quality plots, diagrams and graphs visualizing the data.

Single Piece Scope

The following examples visualize analyis data of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor, Op. 27, No. 2.

Distribution of note durations dependent on the corresponding beat (point of time in the respective measure)

Histogram visualizing interval leaps of successive notes

Distribution of harmonies dependent on initial beat (point of time in the respective measure)

Harmonic progression graph visualizing the measure numbers of the respective harmonic transitions (edge labels, black) and the consonance/dissonance of the respective harmonies (green: consonant, red: dissonant)

It is also possible to generate Markov model representations of specific musical context layers, such as rhythmic, tonal and harmonic progessions. The following graph shows a Markov model of the harmonic progressions in Yesterday by the Beatles:

Markov model of harmonic progressions in Yesterday by the Beatles

Composition Collection Scope

The following diagram visualizes the distribution of keys in J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Preludes (Book I):

Distribution of keys in J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Preludes (Book I)

Corpus Scope

This plot shows aggregated interval leap distributions for a large corpus (over 1000 compositions) by various composers:

Aggregated interval leap distribution histograms

Learn more about analysis functionality and parameters in the documentation.