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The present study focuses on the intricate relationship between human body movement and music, in particular on how music may influence the way humans walk. In an experiment, participants were asked to synchronize their walking tempo with the tempo of musical and metronome stimuli. The walking tempo and walking speed were measured. The tempi of the stimuli… (More)
This is an extended analysis of eight different algorithms for musical tempo extraction and beat tracking. The algorithms participated in the 2006 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX), where they were evaluated using a set of 140 musical excerpts, each with beats annotated by 40 different listeners. Performance metrics were constructed to… (More)
Key-finding is a central topic in Western music analysis and development of MIR tools. However, most approaches rely on the Western 12-tone scale, which is not universally used. African music does not follow a fixed tone scale. In order to classify and study African tone scales, we developed a system in which the pitch is first analyzed on a continuous… (More)
The study presented here outlines a procedure for measuring and quantitatively representing the perceptual tempo of a musical excerpt. We also present a method for applying such measures of perceptual tempo to the design of automatic tempo-trackers in order to more accurately represent the perceived beat in music.
Inspired by a theory of embodied music cognition, we investigate whether music can entrain the speed of beat synchronized walking. If human walking is in synchrony with the beat and all musical stimuli have the same duration and the same tempo, then differences in walking speed can only be the result of music-induced differences in stride length, thus… (More)
The MIR research community requires coordinated strategies in dealing with databases for system development and experimentation. Manually annotated files can accelerate the development of accurate analysis tools for music information retrieval. This paper presents background information on an annotated database of vocal queries that is freely available on… (More)
This paper presents a method for retrieving music recordings by means of rhythmic similarity in the context of traditional Greek and African music. To this end, Self Similarity Analysis is applied either on the whole recording or on instances of a music thumbnail that can be extracted from the recording with an optional thumbnailing scheme. This type of… (More)