Syncopation as transformation

George Sioros, Carlos Guedes

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Syncopation is a rhythmic phenomenon present in various musical styles and cultures. We present here a set of simple rhythmic transformations that can serve as a formalized model for syncopation. The transformations are based on fundamental features of the musical meter and syncopation, as seen from a cognitive and a musical perspective. Based on this model, rhythmic patterns can be organized in tree structures where patterns are interconnected through simple transformations. A Max4Live device is presented as a creative application of the model. It manipulates the syncopation of midi “clips” by automatically de-syncopating and syncopating the midi notes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSound, Music, and Motion - 10th International Symposium, CMMR 2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMitsuko Aramaki, Mitsuko Aramaki, Olivier Derrien, Richard Kronland-Martinet, Sølvi Ystad
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319129754
StatePublished - 2014
Event10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, CMMR 2013 - Marseille, France
Duration: Oct 15 2013Oct 18 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, CMMR 2013


  • Analysis
  • Generation
  • Meter
  • Rhythm
  • Syncopation
  • Transformations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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