Support Vector Musicality : The Methods of Genre Definition

  • Silu Tang silutang
  • Published 2016


Although no artistic movement can be fully characterized by a single categorical label, it is reasonable to claim that every musical genre is anchored by some motifs, beliefs, techniques, and styles which qualify its constituent songs and artists. The primary interest of this project is to generate ‘definitions’ of music genres by recognizing aggregated patterns and trends in their lowand mid-level audio features; we rest our faith in the premise that a song’s timbre, pitch, rhythm, and harmony contribute substantially towards its genre characterizations. Thus the most valuable part of the project is not necessarily the models’ training and testing errors, but rather the ‘meaning’ of the model’s mathematical formulation and what the fitted parameters can tell us about the data.

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@inproceedings{silutang2016SupportVM, title={Support Vector Musicality : The Methods of Genre Definition}, author={Silu Tang silutang}, year={2016} }