Tonal-based retrieval of Arabic and Middle-East music by automatic makam description

TitleTonal-based retrieval of Arabic and Middle-East music by automatic makam description
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
Conference Name9th International Workshop on Content-based Multimedia Indexing
AuthorsIoannidis, L., Gómez E., & Herrera P.
Conference Start Date13/06/2011
Conference LocationMadrid
AbstractThe  automatic  description  of  music  from  traditions   that   do   not   follow   the   Western   notation   and   theory   needs   specifically   designed   tools.   We   investigate   here   the   makams,   which   are   scales   in   the   modal   music   of   Arabic   and   Middle   East   regions.   We   evaluate   two   approaches   for   classifying musical pieces from the 'makam world', according   to   their   scale,   by   using   chroma   features   extracted   from   polyphonic   music   signals.   The   first   method   compares   the   extracted   features   with   a   set   of   makam   templates,   while   the   second   one   uses   trained   classifiers.   Both   approaches   provided   good   results   (F-­measure=0.69   and  0.73  respectively)  on  a  collection  of  302  pieces  from  9   makam   families.   Furthermore,   error   analyses   showed   that   certain   confusions   were   musically   coherent   and   that   these   techniques   could   complement   each   other   in   this   particular   context.
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