An Innovative Method for the Study of African Musical Scales: Cognitive and Technical Aspects

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


SMC Conference 2007 (2007)




Our aim is to demonstrate how music computing can increase efficiency in a field of humanities such as ethnomusicology. In particular, we will discuss issues concerning musical scales in Central Africa. We will describe a recent methodology developed by a multidisciplinary team composed of researchers from IRCAM and the CNRS. This methodology allows us to understand the implicit behaviour of musicians and the cognitive cultural categories of the functioning of scale systems.