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New Research Could Show How Legendary Musicians Would Play Modern Music

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Examining musical styles.

Researchers at Birmingham City University are creating a system capable of analyzing trends in the playing style of musicians, which could be used to show how they would have played any piece of music, including those written after their deaths.

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Researchers at Birmingham City University in the U.K. are developing a system that can analyze trends in the playing styles of musicians, which could be used to show how musicians from any era would have played a piece of music from any other era.

The Birmingham City researchers, led by Islah Ali-MacLachlan, developed an algorithm capable of replicating subtle differences in the way musicians play their instruments. The team analyzed hundreds of pieces of music produced over five decades, and entered each individual sound and movement into a database to replicate more than 15,000 individual notes and sounds.

The researchers say the system can replicate notes with 86% accuracy, and imitate nearly 75% of all individual note deviations.

"With this kind of technology, music producers of the future will be able to draw on the style and expertise of some of the world's greatest musicians," Ali-MacLachlan says.

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