Automatic Transcription of Flamenco Singing From Polyphonic Music Recordings

TitleAutomatic Transcription of Flamenco Singing From Polyphonic Music Recordings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKroher, N., & Gómez E.
Journal TitleIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing
Journal Date02/2016
Start Page901
Keywordsautomatic transcription, flamenco, Melody
AbstractAutomatic note-level transcription is considered one of the most challenging tasks in music information retrieval. The specific case of flamenco singing transcription poses a particular challenge due to its complex melodic progressions, intonation inaccuracies, the use of a high degree of ornamentation, and the presence of guitar accompaniment. In this study, we explore the limitations of existing state of the art transcription systems for the case of flamenco singing and propose a specific solution for this genre: We first extract the predominant melody and apply a novel contour filtering process to eliminate segments of the pitch contour which originate from the guitar accompaniment. We formulate a set of onset detection functions based on volume and pitch characteristics to segment the resulting vocal pitch contour into discrete note events. A quantised pitch label is assigned to each note event by combining global pitch class probabilities with local pitch contour statistics. The proposed system outperforms state of the art singing transcription systems with respect to voicing accuracy, onset detection, and overall performance when evaluated on flamenco singing datasets.
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Final publication10.1109/TASLP.2016.2531284