Project

Modeling Indian Music

Synthesizing music from non-Western cultures is a problem for current music technology, which is based on constant pitch and note-oriented concepts such as MIDI. This is an issue for Indian music because time-varying pitch inflections, called gamakas, are an essential part of its construct. We are analyzing songs and instrumental pieces from the South Indian tradition, and developing software that enables musicians to synthesize Indian music with the required ornamentations. Such innovations will allow the music industry to cross cultural boundaries and provide appropriate representations for the expressive artifacts of non-Western music, in particular from Asia and the Middle-East.

Synthesizing music from non-Western cultures is a problem for current music technology, which is based on constant pitch and note-oriented concepts such as MIDI. This is an issue for Indian music because time-varying pitch inflections, called gamakas, are an essential part of its construct. We are analyzing songs and instrumental pieces from the South Indian tradition, and developing software that enables musicians to synthesize Indian music with the required ornamentations. Such innovations will allow the music industry to cross cultural boundaries and provide appropriate representations for the expressive artifacts of non-Western music, in particular from Asia and the Middle-East.