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Decomposition into autonomous and comparable blocks: A structural description of music pieces

Frédéric Bimbot 1, * Olivier Le Blouch 1 Gabriel Sargent 1 Emmanuel Vincent 1 
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1 METISS - Speech and sound data modeling and processing
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : 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. This article proposes an approach called decomposition into autonomous and comparable blocks, based on principles inspired from structuralism and generativism. It specifies a methodology for producing music structure annotation by human listeners based on simple criteria and resorting solely to the listening experience of the annotator. We show on a development set that the proposed approach can provide a reasonable level of concordance across annotators and we introduce a set of annotations on the RWC database, intended to be released to the MIR community.
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Frédéric Bimbot, Olivier Le Blouch, Gabriel Sargent, Emmanuel Vincent. Decomposition into autonomous and comparable blocks: A structural description of music pieces. International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR), Aug 2010, Utrecht, Netherlands. ⟨inria-00553526⟩



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