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Music performance by discovering community loops

Title Music performance by discovering community loops
Publication Type Conference Paper
Year of Publication 2015
Conference Name WAC - 1st Web Audio Conference
Authors Roma, G. , & Serra X.
Conference Location Paris
Abstract Technologies for discovering sounds in large databases can help breaking the boundary between exploration and music performance. In this paper, we present a system for explor- ing loops from Freesound. Sound files are grouped by their most common repetition periods, so that they can be played in sync. A graph layout algorithm is used to organize sounds in a two-dimensional plane so that loops with similar timbre are spatially close. The result is a system that can be used as a musical instrument: since sounds will always play in sync, the user can freely explore the variety of sounds uploaded by the Freesound community, while continuously producing a rhythmic music stream.