Section: New Results
Music Content Processing and Music Information Retrieval
Acoustic music modeling
Participants : Nancy Bertin, Emmanuel Vincent.
Main collaborations: R. Badeau (Télécom ParisTech), J. Wu (University of Tokyo)
Music involves several levels of information, from the acoustic signal up to cognitive quantities such as composer style or key, through mid-level quantities such as a musical score or a sequence of chords. The dependencies between mid-level and lower- or higher-level information can be represented through acoustic models and language models, respectively.
Our acoustic models are based on nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) and variants thereof. NMF models an input short-term magnitude spectrum as a linear combination of magnitude spectra, which are adapted to the input under suitable constraints such as harmonicity and temporal smoothness. While our previous work considered harmonic spectra only, we proposed the use of wideband spectra to represent attack transients and showed that this resulted in improved pitch transcription accuracy  . Our past work on the convergence properties of NMF was also disseminated  .
We used the resulting model parameters to identify the musical instrument associated with each note, by means of a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier trained on solo data, and obtained improved instrument classification accuracy compared to state-of-the-art Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficient (MFCC) features  ,  .
Music language modeling
Participants : Frédéric Bimbot, Emmanuel Vincent.
Main collaboration: S.A. Raczynski (University of Tokyo, JP)
We pursued our pioneering work on music language modeling, with a particular focus on the joint modeling of "horizontal" (sequential) and "vertical" (simultaneous) dependencies between notes by log-linear interpolation of the corresponding conditional distributions. We identified the normalization of the resulting distribution as a crucial problem for the performance of the model and proposed an exact solution to this problem.
We also applied the log-linear interpolation paradigm to the joint modeling of melody, key, chords and meter, which evolve according to different timelines. In order to synchronize these feature sequences, we explored the use of beat-long templates consisting of several notes as opposed to short time frames containing a fragment of a single note.
Both of these studies are ongoing.
Participants : Frédéric Bimbot, Gabriel Sargent, Emmanuel Vincent.
External collaboration: Emmanuel Deruty (as an independant consultant)
The structure of a music piece is a concept which is often referred to in various areas of music sciences and technologies, but for which there is no commonly agreed definition. This raises a methodological issue in MIR, when designing and evaluating automatic structure inference algorithms. It also strongly limits the possibility to produce consistent large-scale annotation datasets in a cooperative manner.
We have pursued our investigations on autonomous and comparable blocks, based on principles inspired from structuralism and generativism for producing music structure annotation. This work has allowed consolidating the methodology and producing additional annotations (over 400 pieces)  .
We have also developed an algorithm aiming at the automatic inference of autonomous and comparable blocks using the timbral and harmonic content of music pieces, in combination with a regularity constraint  .
Tested within the QUAERO project and during the MIREX 2011 campaign  , the algorithm ranked among state-of-the-art methods.