Bridges 2012 Regular Paper

Balanço: The Contour of Relative Offbeatness
Mehmet Vurkaç
(Proceedings pages 329–336)


A simple framework is presented in which the clave direction of samba can be discerned by relating the contour of relative-offbeatness values to the trajectory of a swing (balanço) or pendulum. This can be learned by musicians and listeners, and implemented in intelligent automated music tutors, accompanists and in music-database searches.