Desain, P., & Honing, H. (1992). The quantization problem: traditional and connectionist approaches. In M. Balaban, K. Ebcioglu, & O. Laske (eds.), Understanding Music with AI: Perspectives on Music Cognition. 448-463. Cambridge: MIT Press.


Quantization separates continuous time fluctuations from the discrete metrical time in performance of music. Traditional and AI methods for quantization are explained and compared. A connectionist network of interacting cells is proposed, which directs the data of rhythmic performance towards an equilibrium state representing a metrical score. This model seems to lack some of the drawbacks of the older methods. The algorithms of the described methods are included as small Common Lisp programs.

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