Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Computer Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

DePano, Adlai

Second Advisor

Tu, Shengru

Third Advisor

Richard III, Golden


Rhythm is at the heart of all music. It is the variation of the duration of sound over time. A rhythm has two components: one is the striking of an instrument – called the "onset" – and the other is silence. Historically, musical forms and works were preferred and became popular by their rhythmic properties. Therefore, to study rhythm is to study the underpinnings of all of music. In this thesis, we explore basic rhythmic preferences in traditional music and, using this as a point of reference, methods are implemented to generate similar types of rhythms. Finally, a software platform to facilitate such an analysis is developed – it is the first of its kind available to our best knowledge as this research field has only recently emerged.


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