[seqfan] Re: Need suggestions for test for compatible sequences for"voice leading"

Bob Selcoe rselcoe at entouchonline.net
Thu Dec 3 19:19:42 CET 2015

Alexei Kourbatov wrote:

> Caveat II
> Also, such a "voice leading compatibility test" would necessarily be
> subjective. Here is why:

> To accomplish such a test one needs to infer at least two things:
> (1) the musical key signature - it is not encoded in the sequences per se
> (2) our tolerance to dissonance among voices (how often and for how long
> dissonances are allowed to occur).

He's right, but only scratches the surface.  This isn't the forum to get 
into further analysis of voice-leading theory; but Neil, if we were to 
specify a set of rules relating to voicing, we might able to answer at least 
part of your question (in principle, we could do it with two parts, and not 
three or more as is standard in certain western musical theory).

Bob Selcoe

From: "Neil Sloane" <njasloane at gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2015 10:19 AM
To: "Sequence Fanatics Discussion list" <seqfan at list.seqfan.eu>
Subject: [seqfan] Need suggestions for test for compatible sequences 
for"voice leading"

> Dear Seq Fans,
> In musical theory there is the concept of voice leading
> (see 
>  http://music.stackexchange.com/questions/14779/what-is-voice-leading )
> Question: suppose we made a series of two-note chords by combining two
> sequences A and B. Can one formulate a test to see which pairs of 
> sequences
> (A,B) are compatible, i.e. satisfy the rules for voice leading?
> Best regards
> Neil
> Neil J. A. Sloane, President, OEIS Foundation.
> 11 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, USA.
> Also Visiting Scientist, Math. Dept., Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.
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