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Ève Poudrier & Rémi Castonguay


Fri Apr 5
Colloquium Series
Ève Poudrier (Assistant Professor, UBC) & Rémi Castonguay (Immagic/Lucidea, Richmond)
With Jiay Bao, Zerun Xiao, and Jasper Yoo
“Rhythmic Ambiguity in Popular Music, 1950–2000: Challenges and Prospects for Corpus Building and Text Analysis Using R”
3:00 pm, Room 400B (4th Floor), Music Building

This presentation introduces a project in digital scholarship that investigates the discourse on rhythmic ambiguity in several different styles within American popular music, from jazz, rock, funk and metal to rap, hip-hop and EDM. A corpus of secondary literature by music scholars and practitioners was assembled using a systematized keyword search across several databases (Google Scholar, IIMP, Music Index, ProQuest, PsychArticles and RILM). Techniques of computational text analysis will be illustrated by preliminary results from exploratory analysis of the main corpus and other related datasets, focusing on methodological challenges associated with computational analysis of text about music. Prospects for empirical research, teaching and experiential learning will also be addressed.