Prioritized Contig Combining to Segregate Voices in Polyphonic Music

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Conference Paper


SMC Conference 2011 (2011)



Polyphonic music is comprised of independent voices sounding synchronously. The task of voice segregation is to assign notes from symbolic representation of a music score to monophonic voices. Human auditory sence can distinguish these voices. Hence, many previous works utilize perceptual principles. Voice segregation can be applied to music information retrieval and automated music transcription of polyphonic music.
In this paper, we propose to modify the voice segregation algorithm of contig mapping approach by Chew and Wu. This approach consists of 3 steps; segmentation, segregation, and combining. We present a modification of “combining” step on the assumption that the accuracy of voice segregation depends on whether the segregation manages to correctly identify which voice is resting. Our algorithm prioritize voice combining at segmentation boundaries with increasing voice counts.
We tested our voice segregation algorithm on 78 pieces of polyphonic music by J.S.Bach. The results show that our algorithm attained 92.21% of average voice consistency.

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