The conference paper titled “Modeling Melodic Improvisation in Turkish Folk Music Using Variable-Length Markov Models” will be presented in ISMIR 2011, Miami, FL. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year’s conference, but any attendees can see the poster in the 15:10-17:00 session on 25 October 2011. You can also read the poster here. Since its inception in 2000, ISMIR has been the world’s leading forum for research on the modelling, creation, searching, processing and use of musical data.
The paper describes the Uzun Hava Humdrum Database, the first machine-readable symbolic database of uzun havas, a non-metered structured improvisation form in Turkish folk music, and also a computational system, which is shown to predict the improvised melodic progressions in Turkish folk music with success.