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Predicting the perception of performed dynamics in music audio with ensemble learning
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4957-2128
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2926-6518
2017 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 141, no 3, p. 2224-2242Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By varying the dynamics in a musical performance, the musician can convey structure and different expressions. Spectral properties of most musical instruments change in a complex way with the performed dynamics, but dedicated audio features for modeling the parameter are lacking. In this study, feature extraction methods were developed to capture relevant attributes related to spectral characteristics and spectral fluctuations, the latter through a sectional spectral flux. Previously, ground truths ratings of performed dynamics had been collected by asking listeners to rate how soft/loud the musicians played in a set of audio files. The ratings, averaged over subjects, were used to train three different machine learning models, using the audio features developed for the study as input. The highest result was produced from an ensemble of multilayer perceptrons with an R2 of 0.84. This result seems to be close to the upper bound, given the estimated uncertainty of the ground truth data. The result is well above that of individual human listeners of the previous listening experiment, and on par with the performance achieved from the average rating of six listeners. Features were analyzed with a factorial design, which highlighted the importance of source separation in the feature extraction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Acoustical Society of America (ASA), 2017. Vol. 141, no 3, p. 2224-2242
Keywords [en]
Performed dynamics, dynamics, music, timbre, ensemble learning, perceptual features
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-204657DOI: 10.1121/1.4978245ISI: 000398962500101Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85016561050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-204657DiVA, id: diva2:1085959
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Note

QC 20170406

Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30 Last updated: 2018-04-26Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Modeling Music: Studies of Music Transcription, Music Perception and Music Production
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation presents ten studies focusing on three important subfields of music information retrieval (MIR): music transcription (Part A), music perception (Part B), and music production (Part C).

In Part A, systems capable of transcribing rhythm and polyphonic pitch are described. The first two publications present methods for tempo estimation and beat tracking. A method is developed for computing the most salient periodicity (the “cepstroid”), and the computed cepstroid is used to guide the machine learning processing. The polyphonic pitch tracking system uses novel pitch-invariant and tone-shift-invariant processing techniques. Furthermore, the neural flux is introduced – a latent feature for onset and offset detection. The transcription systems use a layered learning technique with separate intermediate networks of varying depth.  Important music concepts are used as intermediate targets to create a processing chain with high generalization. State-of-the-art performance is reported for all tasks.

Part B is devoted to perceptual features of music, which can be used as intermediate targets or as parameters for exploring fundamental music perception mechanisms. Systems are proposed that can predict the perceived speed and performed dynamics of an audio file with high accuracy, using the average ratings from around 20 listeners as ground truths. In Part C, aspects related to music production are explored. The first paper analyzes long-term average spectrum (LTAS) in popular music. A compact equation is derived to describe the mean LTAS of a large dataset, and the variation is visualized. Further analysis shows that the level of the percussion is an important factor for LTAS. The second paper examines songwriting and composition through the development of an algorithmic composer of popular music. Various factors relevant for writing good compositions are encoded, and a listening test employed that shows the validity of the proposed methods.

The dissertation is concluded by Part D - Looking Back and Ahead, which acts as a discussion and provides a road-map for future work. The first paper discusses the deep layered learning (DLL) technique, outlining concepts and pointing out a direction for future MIR implementations. It is suggested that DLL can help generalization by enforcing the validity of intermediate representations, and by letting the inferred representations establish disentangled structures supporting high-level invariant processing. The second paper proposes an architecture for tempo-invariant processing of rhythm with convolutional neural networks. Log-frequency representations of rhythm-related activations are suggested at the main stage of processing. Methods relying on magnitude, relative phase, and raw phase information are described for a wide variety of rhythm processing tasks.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling presenterar tio studier inom tre viktiga delområden av forskningsområdet ”Music Information Retrieval” (MIR) – ett forskningsområde fokuserat på att extrahera information från musik. Del A riktar in sig på musiktranskription, del B på musikperception och del C på musikproduktion. En avslutande del diskuterar maskininlärningsmetodiken och spanar framåt (del D).

I del A presenteras system som kan transkribera musik med hänsyn till rytm och polyfon tonhöjd. De två första publikationerna beskriver metoder för att estimera tempo och positionen av taktslag i ljudande musik. En metod för att beräkna den mest framstående periodiciteten (”cepstroiden”) beskrivs, samt hur denna kan användas för att guida de applicerade maskininlärningssystemen.  Systemet för polyfon tonhöjdsestimering kan både identifiera ljudande toner samt notstarter- och slut. Detta system är både tonhöjdsinvariant samt invariant med hänseende till variationer över tid inom ljudande toner. Transkriptionssystemen tränas till att predicera flera musikaspekter i en hierarkisk struktur. Transkriptionsresultaten är de bästa som rapporterats i tester på flera olika dataset.

Del B fokuserar på perceptuella särdrag i musik. Dessa kan prediceras för att modellera fundamentala perceptionsaspekter, men de kan också användas som representationer i modeller som försöker klassificera övergripande musikparametrar. Modeller presenteras som kan predicera den upplevda hastigheten samt den upplevda dynamiken i utförandet med hög precision. Medelvärdesbildade skattningar från omkring 20 lyssnare utgör målvärden under träning och evaluering.

I del C utforskas aspekter relaterade till musikproduktion. Den första studien analyserar variationer i medelvärdesspektrum mellan populärmusikaliska musikstycken. Analysen visar att nivån på perkussiva instrument är en viktig faktor för spektrumdistributionen – data antyder att denna nivå är bättre att använda än genreklassificeringar för att förutsäga spektrum. Den andra studien i del C behandlar musikkomposition. Ett algoritmiskt kompositionsprogram presenteras, där relevanta musikparametrar fogas samman en hierarkisk struktur. Ett lyssnartest genomförs för att påvisa validiteten i programmet och undersöka effekten av vissa parametrar.

Avhandlingen avslutas med del D, vilken placerar den utvecklade maskininlärningstekniken i ett vidare sammanhang och föreslår nya metoder för att generalisera rytmprediktion. Den första studien diskuterar djupinlärningssystem som predicerar olika musikaspekter i en hierarkisk struktur. Relevanta koncept presenteras tillsammans med förslag för framtida implementationer. Den andra studien föreslår en tempoinvariant metod för att processa log-frekvensdomänen av rytmsignaler med så kallade convolutional neural networks. Den föreslagna arkitekturen kan använda sig av magnitud, relative fas mellan rytmkanaler, samt ursprunglig fas från frekvenstransformen för att ta sig an flera viktiga problem relaterade till rytm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 49
Series
TRITA-EECS-AVL ; 2018-35
Keywords
Music Information Retrieval, MIR, Music, Music Transcription, Music Perception, Music Production, Tempo Estimation, Beat Tracking, Polyphonic Pitch Tracking, Polyphonic Transcription, Music Speed, Music Dynamics, Long-time average spectrum, LTAS, Algorithmic Composition, Deep Layered Learning, Convolutional Neural Networks, Rhythm Tracking, Ensemble Learning, Perceptual Features, Representation Learning
National Category
Other Computer and Information Science Computer Engineering Media and Communication Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-226894 (URN)978-91-7729-768-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-05-18, D3, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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