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Section: Application Domains

Keywords : audio object, music description, music language modeling, multi-level representations.

Advanced processing for music information retrieval

Audio signal analysis and decomposition

The standards within the MPEG family, notably MPEG-4, introduce several sound description and transmission formats, with the notion of a “score”, i.e. a high-level MIDI-like description, and an “orchestra”, i.e. a set of “instruments” describing sonic textures. These formats promise to deliver very low bitrate coding, together with indexing and navigation facilities. However, it remains a challenge to design methods for transforming an arbitrary existing audio recording into a representation by such formats.

Audio object coding is an extension of the notion of parametric coding, where the signal is decomposed into meaningful sound objects such as notes, chords and instruments, described using high-level attributes. As well as offering the potential for very low bitrate compression, this coding paradigm leads to many other potential applications, including browsing by content, source separation and interactive signal manipulation.

Music content modeling

Music pieces constitue a large part of the vast family of audio data for which the design of description and search techniques remain a challenge. But while there exist some well-established formats for synthetic music (such as MIDI), there is still no efficient approach that provide a compact, searchable representation of music recordings.

In this context, the METISS research group dedicates some investigative efforts in high level modeling of music content along several tracks. The first one is the acoustic modeling of music recordings by deformable probabilistic sound objects so as to represent variants of a same note as several realisation of a common underlying process. The second track is music language modeling, i.e. the symbolic modeling of combinations and sequences of notes by statistical models, such as n-grams.

Multi-level representations for music information retrieval

New search and retrieval technologies focused on music recordings are of great interest to amateur and professional applications in different kinds of audio data repositories, like on-line music stores or personal music collections.

The METISS research group is devoting increasing effort on the fine modeling of multi-instrument/multi-track music recordings. In this context we are developing new methods of automatic metadata generation from music recordings, based on Bayesian modeling of the signal for multilevel representations of its content. We also investigate uncertainty representation and multiple alternative hypotheses inference.


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