STATE CONSERVATORY OF TURKISH MUSIC * TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ISTANBUL “Issues Surrounding the Conflict between Theory and Practice in Turkish Music and Potential Resolutions”, conference (by invitation) to be held in Istanbul, 3-6 March 2008
Constructing a Theory of Turkish Music Based on
Practice by Traditional Masters
Dr. Can Akkoç
Institue of Applied Mathematics (IAM), The Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Türkiye (Turkey)
Abstract: The plausibility of constructing a theoretical model for Turkish Music, based on direct pitch measurements taken from performances by indisputable masters is discussed within the framework of current sound technology. The intent is to set the stage for building a practice-based theoretical habitat capable of spawning models that can represent the music with optimal accuracy and applicability. As the sound structures in Turkish Music are uncovered by pitch measurements and statistical analyses over a massive database, it appears, theoretical models presenting reasonable compromises between accuracy and practice may be within reach.
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