Isochords: Visualizing structure in music

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Isochords is a visualization of music that aids in the classification of musical structure. The Isochords visualization highlights the consonant intervals between notes and common chords in music. It conveys information about interval quality, chord quality, and the chord progression synchronously during playback of digital music. Isochords offers listeners a means to grasp the underlying structure of music that, without extensive training, would otherwise remain unobserved or unnoticed. In this paper we present the theory of the Isochords structure, the visualization, and comments from novice and experienced users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Graphics Interface 2007
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Aug 23 2007
EventGraphics Interface 2007 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: May 28 2007May 30 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - Graphics Interface
ISSN (Print)0713-5424


OtherGraphics Interface 2007
CityMontreal, QC


  • Chords
  • MIDI
  • Modulation
  • Music
  • Structure
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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