Rhythm Distribution in Recordings
(In Fully Irish Traditional Albums)

This list ranks rhythms by their relative frequency among all tune instances on all fully-indexed, commercial recordings of primarily Irish traditional music in my entire database. The total number of such tune instances is 27,791. Since it ignores whether a tune recording is a distinct tune or not, it reveals how often each tune type has been recorded. For example, even if one particular reel was recorded by ten different musicians over time, it still counts that as ten "votes" for the reel rhythm.

This report illustrates the distribution of tune types in commercial albums of Irish traditional music. Since it ignores whether a tune recording is distinct or not, and excludes incomplete albums, it can present the average rhythm distribution per album. The following 60 album codes are excluded from this report: 4MD 2, AKG 2, Arc 1, Barde 1, BBSW, BIABH 3, BF, Boys 12, Boys 13, Boys 23, Ch AIE, Ch BIH, Ch DOPR, CFF 1, CFF 2, CFF 3, CFF 4, CFF 6, CMcAn, CMr 2, CnORa 1, COLry, CTL 12, DD 8, DD 9, Di, DSLM, ECoyKD, FFH, Gdwr 2, GOMra, HatW, InTndm, JMcC, JOS 2, KBoyle, KCs, LMcK 1, MMcG 3, NKndy 1, Nms 2, NP, NVall 1, OMcA, OHs 2, OHs 3, Plx 7, Scglen 2, SkHly 3, Socks 2, Srnd, StGrmm 2, Stpkt, StWing 9, SS 2, SW, THayes, THny 1, Trpsw, TW.

This report, since it excludes some recordings, is slightly different from the report Rhythm Distribution in Recordings (All). Compare also Rhythm Distribution of tune types among all distinct tunes, as well as Rhythm Distribution in Session Tunes.

RhythmCountAverage
per album
% of
total
Bar graph
Reel12,5181345.0%bar
Double jig5,634620.3%bar
Hornpipe2,15127.7%bar
Song1,58925.7%bar
Polka1,24714.5%bar
Slide78412.8%bar
Air78212.8%bar
Slip jig69112.5%bar
Piece41101.5%bar
Barn dance29901.1%bar
March28501.0%bar
Waltz25300.9%bar
Set dance24500.9%bar
Single jig22700.8%bar
Fling20700.7%bar
Highland17600.6%bar
Strathspey8800.3%bar
Mazurka8500.3%bar
Schottisch6000.2%bar
Other3500.1%bar
Single reel2400.1%bar
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