Chapter 12: Speculations, Interpretations, Conclusions

Rhythm and Transforms begins with a review of basic psychoacoustic principles and a brief survey of musical rhythms throughout the world. The three different pattern finding techniques of Chapters 5 - 6 - 7 lead to a series of algorithms that show promise in solving the automated beat tracking problem. Chapters 9 - 10 -11 explore the uses of a beat-based viewpoint in audio signal processing, composition, and musical analysis. Most of the book stays fairly close to "the facts," without undue speculation. This final chapter ventures further.

    12.1  Which Comes First, the Notes or the Beat?
    12.2  Name That Tune
    12.3  Variations on a Theme
    12.4  What is a Song?
    12.5  Time and Perceived Time
    12.6  The Technologies for Finding Patterns