How are Western music biases baked into the way we make music? Could we create a more global music engine?
How do we determine where our music comes from?
Amadeus Code divides music into the three elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm before processing, and this process removes the Western music biases. Let me explain.
To cut a long story short, the harmony and rhythm involved in these three elements determine the genre of the music to decide whether it is Western music or not, meaning that they concentrate on the composition of the accompaniment and the arrangement.
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In particular, the rhythm is the most important element because it determines what kind of background the music has from cultural and ethnic perspectives.The rhythm is the most important element because it determines what kind of background the music has from cultural and ethnic perspectives. #songwriting #songwriter Click To Tweet
For example, even if the melody is the same, a drum set being used with a 4-beat rhythm suggests it is jazz, and a bass drum on a rhythm machine being used with an 8-beat or 16-beat rhythm while maintaining four beats to a bar means that it is probably dance music.
If the rhythm is composed of percussion instruments like the conga or djembe, that suggests Latin or African diasporic music, and if the rhythm is removed to leave only a cappella singing, it likely means the music is a hymn.
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Amadeus Code generalizes the state of the music before arranging it, and then separates the harmony and rhythm to extract only the melody, and this enables it to remove the informational biases that are contained within it, such as its age, its culture, its ethnicity and all other background information.
And, on top of this, it has been designed to analyze and process only the melody, which transcends the age, culture, and ethnicity and is universally common to all music, to generate music.Melody transcends the age, culture, and ethnicity and is universally common to all music. #songwriting #songwriter Click To Tweet
It can, therefore, be used for providing ideas on global music in addition to Western music.
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