Musico-Linguistics - Linguistic Syntax and Common Practice Harmony Interpreted by Markov Chain Processes

    In this paper, I use tools from Chomskyan Linguistics and basic computational theory to highlight one of the limitations of Functional Roman Numeral based Harmony as a tool that captures what harmony is, what it does, and how it affects our experience of music. This is accomplished by demonstrating that this common system is a memoryless process that doesn't account for how time and large, holistic patterns greatly influence what harmonic processes appear focal or central in a piece of music from an aural or analytical sense. The link to the paper can be found below.


AJ Long