Computational approaches for the understanding of melody in Carnatic music

TitleComputational approaches for the understanding of melody in Carnatic music
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
Conference NameInternational Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR)
AuthorsKoduri, G. K., Miron M., Serrà J., & Serra X.
Conference Start Date24/10/2011
Conference LocationMiami, Florida
AbstractThe classical music traditions of the Indian subcontinent, Hindustani and Carnatic, offer an excellent ground on which to test the limitations of current music information research approaches. At the same time, studies based on these music traditions can shed light on how to solve new and complex music modeling problems. Both traditions have very distinct characteristics, specially compared with western ones: they have developed unique instruments, musical forms, performance practices, social uses and context. In this article, we focus on the Carnatic music tradition of south India, especially on its melodic characteristics. We overview the theoretical aspects that are relevant for music information research and discuss the scarce computational approaches developed so far. We put emphasis on the limitations of the current methodologies and we present open issues that have not yet been addressed and that we believe are important to be worked on.