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Locating boundaries between coherent and/or repetitive segments of a time series is a challenging problem pervading many scientific domains. In this paper we propose an unsupervised method for boundary detection, combining three basic principles: novelty, homogene-ity, and repetition. In particular, the method uses what we call structure features, a(More)
We present a new technique for audio signal comparison based on tonal subsequence alignment and its application to detect cover versions (i.e., different performances of the same underlying musical piece). Cover song identification is a task whose popularity has increased in the music information retrieval (MIR) community along in the past, as it provides a(More)
This paper presents findings about mood representations. We aim to analyze how do people tag music by mood, to create representations based on this data and to study the agreement between experts and a large community. For this purpose, we create a semantic mood space from last.fm tags using Latent Semantic Analysis. With an unsuper-vised clustering(More)
Popular music is a key cultural expression that has captured listeners' attention for ages. Many of the structural regularities underlying musical discourse are yet to be discovered and, accordingly, their historical evolution remains formally unknown. Here we unveil a number of patterns and metrics characterizing the generic usage of primary musical facets(More)
Studying the ways to recommend music to a user is a central task within the music information research community. From a content-based point of view, this task can be regarded as obtaining a suitable distance measurement between songs defined on a certain feature space. We propose two such distance measures. First, a low-level measure based on tempo-related(More)
Intuitively, music has both predictable and unpredictable components. In this paper, we assess this qualitative statement in a quantitative way using common time series models fitted to state-of-the-art music descriptors. These descriptors cover different musical facets and are extracted from a large collection of real audio recordings comprising a variety(More)
The issue of tuning in Indian classical music has been, historically , a matter of theoretical debate. In this paper, we study its contemporary practice in sung performances of Car-natic and Hindustani music following an empiric and quantitative approach. To do so, we select stable fundamental frequencies , estimated via a standard algorithm, and construct(More)
This extended abstract briefly outlines our submission to the audio cover song identification task run inside the 2009 music information retrieval evaluation exchange (MIREX). We very briefly introduce cover song identification, give an overview of the submitted system, and comment on the evaluation procedure (specially on the used music collections) and(More)