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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. In: EuroVis 2022 - Short Papers. (pp. 109-113). The Eurographics Association: Eindhoven, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-3-03868-184-7 doi: 10.2312/evs20221102


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)
Additional Information: This item's license is described as Attribution 4.0 International License
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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