New Music Interfaces for Rhythm-Based Retrieval

Ajay Kapur, Richard Ian McWalter, George Tzanetakis

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In the majority of existing work in music information retrieval (MIR) the user interacts with the system using standard desktop components such as the keyboard, mouse or sometimes microphone input. It is our belief that moving away from the desktop to more physically tangible ways of interacting can lead to novel ways of thinking about MIR. In this paper, we report on our work in utilizing
new non-standard interfaces for MIR purposes. One of the most important but frequently neglected ways of characterizing and retrieving music is through rhythmic information. We concentrate on rhythmic information both as user input and as means for retrieval. Algorithms and experiments for rhythm-based information retrieval of music, drum loops and indian tabla thekas are described. This
work targets expert users such as DJs and musicians which tend to be more curious about new technologies and therefore can serve as catalysts for accelerating the adoption of MIR techniques. In addition, we describe how the proposed rhythm-based interfaces can assist in the annotation and preservation of perfomance practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISMIR 2005 : 6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval
Publication date2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 200515 Sep 2005
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • User interfaces
  • Rhythm analysis
  • Controllers
  • Live performance

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