, Fractal Music - Research by Harlan J. Brothers

Fractal Music

Duration Scaling

One obvious place to look for scaling characteristics in music is in the set of durations of the notes of a given composition.

If examination reveals a power law relationship between a note's duration and the total number of such durations, then we can at least establish that a scaling phenomenon exists.

Here are two examples.
Here we plot the duration scalings of these examples.
Are these examples fractal?
Now add counterpoint.

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