A Markov Chain Analysis of John K. Samson’s music

  • James Prince MacEwan University


Music is an important part of the human experience. Artists may have a tendency towards certain chords due to their vocal range, the mood of certain chords, or just habit. We study the progression of one chord sequence to another within two albums by the Canadian artist John K Samson. Based on the movement between chords we construct a finite Markov chain. We analyze the properties of this Markov chain, and we interpret the results in musical terms.

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