Research topic: Musical analysis
Musical analysis is the study of the structure of a musical piece exploring why it functions and sounds the way it does.
A musical analysis may concern itself with a musical style, genre, or particular work or sound, and focus on different aspects of the music, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, form or sound.
In the course of an analysis, the researcher will often attempt to describe, as an example, melodic or rhythmic patterns at particular musical events, as well as explain their function as a whole. The object of analysis may be live or recorded music, sheet music/musical scores, and other visual representations of sound or the audio signal itself.
Musical analysis is a classic musicology discipline. Several of the established analytical methods used in this field were developed in the late 19th century. Today, digital technology presents new and exciting possibilities in sound analysis.
Musical analysis provides us with insight into musical structure and effects, and this can be applied to improve both the creation and understanding of music. Musical analysis can also offer valuable insight into how our cognitive apparatus perceives and categorises sound.