Did Melody Become a Schrödinger Cat? Commentary on Clark & Arthur
Keywords:corpus studies, dead melodies, quantum mechanics, cats
I comment on Clark and Arthur's response to a YouTuber’s claim of the death of melody for which they used corpus analysis and statistical methods of computational musicology. While I basically appreciate the effort, I also will discuss three pertinent problems I see ingrained here: whether such claims can be substantiated in any form in the first place, and how to react to dubious claims disseminated from YouTube musicology, and I will also shortly discuss some methodological issues.
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