Ornette Coleman “Bird Food”

Discographic Information

Instrument as
Total Duration 117.6 s
Position in Track 02:43-04:41
Album Title Change of the Century
Label Atlantic Records (7567-81341-2 (ursp. Atlantic 1327))
Recording Date 8-9.10.1959
Line Up Ornette Coleman (as); Donald Cherry (p-tp); Charlie Haden (b); Billy Higgins (dr)
Style FREE
Groove/Feel SWING
Tonality Class FREE
MusicBrainz ID 88fb88ea-84c9-49ba-8a1a-43182deb4054
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Chord changes of solo:

A1: ||NC   ||



Number of Notes 608  
Number of Bars 502 bars  
Number of Choruses 1  
Mean Tempo 255.8 (UP)  
Event Density 5.17 Notes/s  
Metrical Event Density 1.21 Notes/bar  
Median Swing Ratio 1.22:1 Ratio of longer to shorter eighth of beats with binary subdivision.
Metrical Centroid 3+ Mean concentration of events in the bar, rounded and normalized to 4/4.
Syncopicity 34.5 % Share of syncopated notes.
Ambitus 54-80 (26) Min/max and range of MIDI pitches.
Extrema ratio 44.2 % Share of notes with direction reversal (i.e, minima and maxima of pitch contour).

Extended Chordal Diatonic Pitch Class Histogram


Extended Chordal Diatonic Pitch Class is calculated in reference to the underlying chord.

Pitch Class Histogram


MIDI Pitch Histogram


Semitone Interval Histogram


Refined Contour Histogram


Also known as “fuzzy intervals” or interval classification. See here for definition of classes

Metrical Circle Map (N=48) Histogram


Metrical circle maps divides the bar duration into equal sized bins (48 in this case) and maps metrical positions to the corresponding bin. (Labels normalized to 4/4 measure).

Duration Class (Abs. and Rel.) Histogram


Relative duration classes are based on the duration of the beat. Absolute duration classes are based on 120 bpm. See here for a definition of classes.

Midlevel Analysis Main Types Histogram


Midlevel analysis is a qualitative annotation system of playing ideas, with nine different main categories, as defined in our paper

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