Compensating for asynchronies between musical voices in score-performance alignment


The goal of score-performance synchronisation is to align a given musical score to an audio recording of a performance of the same piece. A major challenge in computing such alignments is to account for musical parameters including the local tempo or playing style. To increase the overall robustness, current methods assume that notes occurring simultaneously in the score are played concurrently in a performance. Musical voices such as the melody, however, are often played asynchronously to other voices, which can lead to significant local alignment errors. In this paper, we present a novel method that handles asynchronies between the melody and the accompaniment by treating the voices as separate time lines in a multi-dimensional variant of dynamic time warping (DTW). Constraining the alignment with information obtained via classical DTW, our method measurably improves the alignment accuracy for pieces with asynchronous voices and preserves the accuracy otherwise.

DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP.2015.7178037

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@article{Wang2015CompensatingFA, title={Compensating for asynchronies between musical voices in score-performance alignment}, author={Siying Wang and Sebastian Ewert and Simon Dixon}, journal={2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)}, year={2015}, pages={589-593} }