N. Kroher, E. Gómez, M. Sordo, F. Gómez-Martín, J.M. Díaz-Báñez, J. Mora and A. Chaachoo. "Computational Ethnomusicology: A Study on Flamenco and Arab-Andalusian Vocal Music".
- S. Şentürk, S. Gulati, and X. Serra. “Towards Alignment of Score and Audio Recordings of Ottoman-Turkish Makam Music”.
- G. Dzhambazov, S. Şentürk, and X. Serra. “Automatic lyrics-to-audio alignment in classical Turkish music”.
News and Events
Participation to FMA 2014
Nadine Kroher, Georgi Dzhambazov, Sertan Şentürk and Xavier Serra participate to the 4th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis that takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 12th and 13th, 2014.
They are presenting the following work done at the MTG:
SMC master thesis defense
1 Jul 2014 - 4 Jul 2014
What? SMC master students 2013/2014 defend their final projects on July 1st-4th
Where? Room 55.309 Tanger building
Xavier Serra receives the ICREA Academia price for the second time
Xavier Serra has received the ICREA Academia price, given by the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, for the second time.
The ICREA Academia program recognizes the research excellence and leadership with the goal to motivate and retain university faculty members from the catalan public universities. ICREA is an institution of the catalan government that has as a fundamental objective to hire researchers from around the world through a selection process based on scientific talent.
Concert and lecture demonstration by the Gundecha Brothers
19 Jun 2014
On June 19th 2014 and in the context of CompMusic we are organizing a lecture demonstration and a concert of the Gundecha Brothers, which are among the most prominent singers of the Dhrupad music tradition of India.
Venue: Auditorium of the Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona, Bruc 112, Barcelona
17.00h–18.45h. Lecture demonstration by the Gundecha Brothers on “Making of Voice & Raga in Indian Music”
19.30h-20.00h. Presentation of the CompMusic project by Xavier Serra
20.00h–21.45h. Dhrupad concert by the Gundecha Brothers
Seminar on repovizz at McGill
A seminar by Esteban Maestre, Marie Curie Fellow, McGill University + Universitat Pompeu Fabra;
Sonar Festival 2014
12 Jun 2014 - 14 Jun 2014
Following the tradition, the MTG is behind a bunch of interesting events at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. For this year’s edition, that will take place from June 12th to 14th at Fira de Montjuïc, the MTG organises a great number of activities in the frame of the Sonar+D section.
MTG ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE:
Music Hack Day (MHD) – Thursday, June 12th at 9AM to 13th at 6PM (Thu to Fri)
This year’s edition presents news and some changes, here’s a little flavour of what’s happening:
We are really grateful to our sponsors for helping us putting this edition on: 7Digital, Deezer, GiantSteps, Kiics, MusixMatch, Native Instruments, Patchblocks, Rdio, Sendgrid, TECNIO and Universal Music.
Check out the MHD website for further details
‘MTG & FRIENDS’ stand at Market Lab – from June 12th to 14th (Thu to Sat)
Exhibition of several installations and demos of our technologies, spin-offs, students and Phonos-MTG grant:
With the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Music Hack Day initiative, we are also exhibiting in our stand some of the best hacks in MHD since its first edition in London 2009. The list of best hacks was carefully selected by a group of MHD veterans and experts and is as follows:
Together with the selection of the best hacks, people visiting the MTG stand will also have the chance to try new interactive musical interfaces based on brain activity. Two of the hacks developed within the Neuro-track in last year’s MHD will be expanded both in technological and business aspects. The two selected applications are Play your Mood, a music explorer based on the users’ emotional states, and BrainLoops, a musical interface for patients with locked-in syndrome.
These projects will be technologically supported by Starlab, whereas Barcelona Activa will provide business support to the selected creators. This initiative is promoted by KiiCS, and the Observatori de Comunicació Científica (OCC) of UPF.
Further details available here.
Giant Steps panel discussion – June 12th (Thu) from 18.30 to 19.30
Sergi Jordà, Principal Investigator of the project, will chair a panel discussion about several topics related to the Giant Steps project in which will participate two experts in electronic instruments design from Native Instruments experts and two Red Bull Music Academy musicians.
Check out the GiantSteps project website for further details
Spectral Diffractions – Mies van der Rohe pavilion – June 12th to 14th (Thu to Sat)
The SMC master student Antònio Sa Pinto collaborates with the artist Edwin van der Heide in the sound installation “Spectral Diffractions”.
Further details available in the Sonar's website
new COFLA project
The MTG contributes to a new project on Computational Analysis of Flamenco Music (COFLA) coordinated by José Miguel Díaz Bañez (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería - Universidad de Sevilla) and funded by the Andalusian Government. The project started in February 2014 and has a duration of 4 years.
Feb 2014-Feb 2018. COFLA2: Análisis Computacional de la Música Flamenca, Proyectos de Excelencia de la Junta de Andalucía, P12-TIC-1362
New IEEE/ACM TASP paper on multi-feature beat tracking
Our article on multi-feature beat tracking for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing is now available online! This is a work carried leaded by Jose R. Zapata for his PhD thesis in collaboration with Mathew Davies from the SMC group in Porto, based on the idea of combining different experts, represented by periodicity from different onset detection functions, for beat estimation. This is a simple and clever idea, already used to combine different beat tracking algorithms and evaluate the difficulty of the task, that has been integrated in a different method.
Zapata, J. R., Davies M. E. P., & Gómez E. (2014). Multi-feature beat tracking. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. 22(4), 816 – 825. RTF, Tagged, XML, BibTex, Google Scholar
Melody Extraction Review published in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
Our review article on melody extraction algorithms for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine is finally available online! The printed edition will be coming out in March 2014. This article provides an overview of approaches, challenges and applications for melody extraction from polyphonic music signals.
J. Salamon, E. Gómez, D. P. W. Ellis and G. Richard, “Melody Extraction from Polyphonic Music Signals: Approaches, Applications and Challenges“, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 31(2):118-134, Mar. 2014.
Abstract: Melody extraction algorithms aim to produce a sequence of frequency values corresponding to the pitch of the dominant melody from a musical recording. Over the past decade melody extraction has emerged as an active research topic, comprising a large variety of proposed algorithms spanning a wide range of techniques. This article provides an overview of these techniques, the applications for which melody extraction is useful, and the challenges that remain. We start with a discussion of ‘melody’ from both musical and signal processing perspectives, and provide a case study which interprets the output of a melody extraction algorithm for specific excerpts. We then provide a comprehensive comparative analysis of melody extraction algorithms based on the results of an international evaluation campaign. We discuss issues of algorithm design, evaluation and applications which build upon melody extraction. Finally, we discuss some of the remaining challenges in melody extraction research in terms of algorithmic performance, development, and evaluation methodology.
Participation to AES 53rd Conference on Semantic Audio
Frederic Font, Jordi Janer and Xavier Serra participate to the 53rd Conference on Semantic Audio of the Audio Engineering Society that takes place in London from January 26th to the 29th, 2014.
Xavier has been invited to give a talk on CompMusic, entitled: "Creating Research Corpora for the Computational Study of Music: the case of the CompMusic Project", Frederic is giving a talk on his recent PhD research: "Audio clip classification using social tags and the effect of tag expansion", and Jordi presents a paper done with David S. Blancas on "Sound Retrieval from Voice Imitation Queries in Collaborative Databases".