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Using Monoidal Categories in the Transformational Study of Musical Time-Spans and Rhythms

Article by Popoff, Alexandre
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Transformational musical theory has so far mainly focused on the study of groups acting on musical chords, one of the most famous example being the action of the dihedral group D24 on the set of major and minor chords. Comparatively less work has been devoted to the study of transformations of time-spans and rhythms. D. Lewin was the first to study group actions on time-spans by using a subgroup of the affine group in one dimension. In our previous work, the work of Lewin has been included in the more general framework of group extensions, and generalizations to time-spans on multiple timelines have been proposed. The goal of this paper is to show that such generalizations have a categorical background in free monodical categories generated by a group-as-category. In particular, symmetric monodical categories allow to deal with the possible interexchanges between timelines. We also show that more general time-spans can be considered, in which single time-spans are encapsulated in a "bracket" of time-spans, which allow for the description of complex rhythms.

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arxivId
1305.7192
pages
17

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@article{Popoff2013,
	abstract = {Transformational musical theory has so far mainly focused on the study of groups acting on musical chords, one of the most famous example being the action of the dihedral group D24 on the set of major and minor chords. Comparatively less work has been devoted to the study of transformations of time-spans and rhythms. D. Lewin was the first to study group actions on time-spans by using a subgroup of the affine group in one dimension. In our previous work, the work of Lewin has been included in the more general framework of group extensions, and generalizations to time-spans on multiple timelines have been proposed. The goal of this paper is to show that such generalizations have a categorical background in free monodical categories generated by a group-as-category. In particular, symmetric monodical categories allow to deal with the possible interexchanges between timelines. We also show that more general time-spans can be considered, in which single time-spans are encapsulated in a "bracket" of time-spans, which allow for the description of complex rhythms.},
	archivePrefix = {arXiv},
	arxivId = {1305.7192},
	author = {Popoff, Alexandre},
	eprint = {1305.7192},
	month = {may},
	pages = 17,
	title = {Using Monoidal Categories in the Transformational Study of Musical Time-Spans and Rhythms},
	url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.7192 http://arxiv.org/pdf/1305.7192v3},
	year = 2013,
	primaryClass = {math.GR},
	urldate = {2013-06-02}
}