PDF | review of David Temperley’s “Music and Probability”. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, , ISBN (hardcover) $ Music and probability / David Temperley. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Probabilistic foundations and background— Melody I. So, David Temperley is right to say, in the introduction to his new With Music and Probability, Temperley sets out to fulfill two main tasks: to give an introduction.

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Review As he did in The Cognition of Basic Musical StructuresTemperley here challenges the frontiers of the definition of music theory and cognition. Used in error detection probabiliyt. Bayes’ Rule allows us to identify that underlying structure. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Music and Probability

Yet cognitive scientists could not explain how these networks worked. There was no attempt to give any psychological reality to models, despite the fact that this has been one of the main aims of the cognitive sciences since their inception Johnson-Laird The book is designed in a cumulative way, so it is best if it is read sequentially.


By means of the Bayes rule, one is able to make inferences about a hidden variable that is related to a structure not directly accessible, based on knowledge about an observable variable. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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These issues are explored in chapter 5 with regard to monophonic music and chapter 7 with regard to polyphonic music. The excerpts are not provided here. Applications of the Polyphonic Key-Finding Model 99 7. Music and Probability In my book Music and ProbabilityI explore issues in music perception and cognition from a probabilistic perspective.

Recent advances in the application of probability theory to other domains of cognitive modeling, coupled with new evidence and theoretical insights about the working of the musical mind, have laid the groundwork for more fruitful investigations. Cognition gives us a more or less realistic, accurate perspective of the existence and behavior of the outside world. If music perception is largely probabilistic in nature this should not be surprising since probability pervades almost every aspect of mental life.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Temperley does not apply the Bayesian approach probabklity just a mathematical instrument used to make predictions.

This is the format required by the meter program and the monophonic key program. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Expectation and Error Detection 65 5. Not-beat lists can be generated using the probabilistic meter program; see instructions at the top of the code. The book is self-explanatory. Temperley’s book temperlry timely and will be a major contribution to the field of music cognition. Perceptual judgments of melodic continuity.


I propose computational models for two basic cognitive processes, the perception of key and the perception of meter, using techniques of Bayesian probabilistic modeling. Chapter nine considers the idea tempreley construing probabilistic models as descriptions of musical styles and thus as hypotheses about cognitive processes involved in composition.

Write a customer review. The section of rhythm perception is dense and takes several readings – and for me many diagrams – to understand just what in mhsic heck he was doing. Temperley needed to rethink carefully how to present some rather esoteric models in a way that would be accessible to the average intelligent reader.

His model is then compared with experimental results of how humans detect key in polyphonic music so as to show the robustness and cognitive reality of the model. In chapter 2 the author surveys all the probability theory needed for the following chapters.

After this introduction, the book presents relevant concepts as needed.