Evolutionary Biologist Embarks On Cantometric Research

Armand Leroi, an evolutionary biologist at Imperial College, London, spent several days at ACE in September absorbing materials from the Performance Style Research projects (Cantometrics, Choreometrics, and Parlametrics). He came away with an armload of articles, films, CDs, and a flat file of the complete Cantometrics dataset. Since then, his colleagues Jonathan Swire and Iain Fairclough have processed the data, run it through new statistical tests, and produced a cluster analysis of geographic regions based on the data. Their work thus far confirms the regions of style identified by Alan Lomax and his colleagues in the 1960s through factor analysis.

Originally posted: September 1, 2005