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Visualization of Tonal Harmony for Jazz Lead Sheets

Bunks, C., Weyde, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8028-9905, Slingsby, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3941-553X & Wood, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9270-247X (2022). Visualization of Tonal Harmony for Jazz Lead Sheets. Paper presented at the Eurovis 2022, 13-17 Jun 2022, Rome, Italy.


Jazz improvisation is the extemporaneous expression of melody, and musicians commonly base their performances on chord progressions given by lead sheets. It is standard practice to commit a progression to memory by analyzing it for common patterns. This paper presents a visualization design intended to help reduce the amount of cognitive work needed to assimilate a song’s chords and harmonic patterns. It does this using color, shapes, and glyphs as visual variables to convey meaning about tonal centers, chord functions, and harmonic structure.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > giCentre
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