Ugly Modern Music: An Information-Theoretic View

Scoring rate is the log-likelihood of an entire probability model.
Log-likelihood < 0 means improbable.
Log-likelihood = 0 means exactly as likely as random.
Log-likelihood > 0 means discernible structure.

As it gets higher, you get more structure, as opposed to less structure as entropy gets higher.


The relatively low entropy of the rhythmic and pitch content of a musical piece makes that piece immediately identifiable. The discovery (with tangible examples) that the winning combination is high entropy in one dimension and low or relatively low in others.
This is presented in contrast to the high entropy in all dimensions in early Stockhausen, Boulez, Babbitt works.

Musical examples will be played to illustrate the concepts.