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The use of Melodic Scales in Bollywood Music: An Empirical Study

Monojit Choudhury, Ranjita Bhagwan, and Kalika Bali

Abstract

Hindi film music, which is commonly referred to as Bollywood music, is one of the most popular forms of music in the world today. One of the reasons for its popularity has been the willingness of Bollywood composers to adopt and be influenced by various musical forms including Western pop, jazz, rock, and classical music. However, till date, we are unaware of any systematic quantitative analysis of how this genre has changed and evolved over the years since its inception in the early 20th century. In this paper, we study the evolution of Bollywood music with respect to the use of melodic. We analyse songs composed over seven decades using a database of top-lists, which reveals many interesting patterns. We also analyze the scale usage patterns in the music of some of the most popular composers, which clearly brings out certain idiosyncrasies and preferences of each of them.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of the 14th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference
PublisherInternational Society for Music Information Retrieval
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