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 25,327. 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 56 album codes are excluded from this report: 4MD 2, AKG 2, Arc 1, Barde 1, BBSW, BIABH 3, BF, Boys 12, Boys 13, 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, HatW, InTndm, JMcC, JOS 2, KCs, LMcK 1, MMcG 3, 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
Reel11,4251345.1%bar
Double jig5,135620.3%bar
Hornpipe1,89927.5%bar
Song1,39225.5%bar
Polka1,16214.6%bar
Slide74712.9%bar
Air73812.9%bar
Slip jig63512.5%bar
Piece38501.5%bar
Barn dance27501.1%bar
March24801.0%bar
Set dance22900.9%bar
Waltz22800.9%bar
Single jig21600.9%bar
Fling19200.8%bar
Highland15300.6%bar
Strathspey7800.3%bar
Mazurka7800.3%bar
Schottisch5700.2%bar
Other3100.1%bar
Single reel2400.1%bar
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