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 24,232. 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 53 album codes are excluded from this report: 4MD 2, AKG 2, Arc 1, BBSW, BIABH 3, BF, Boys 12, Boys 13, Ch AIE, Ch BIH, CFF 1, CFF 2, CFF 3, CFF 4, CFF 6, CMcAn, CnORa 1, CMr 2, 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
Reel10,9681345.3%bar
Double jig4,920620.3%bar
Hornpipe1,80827.5%bar
Song1,35125.6%bar
Polka1,10514.6%bar
Slide70312.9%bar
Air68712.8%bar
Slip jig61312.5%bar
Piece35201.5%bar
Barn dance26101.1%bar
March24401.0%bar
Set dance22000.9%bar
Waltz21100.9%bar
Single jig20600.9%bar
Fling18600.8%bar
Highland13500.6%bar
Strathspey8200.3%bar
Mazurka7000.3%bar
Schottisch5700.2%bar
Other2900.1%bar
Single reel2400.1%bar
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