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Musical examination to bridge audio data and sheet music
Author(s): Xunyu Pan; Timothy J. Cross; Liangliang Xiao; Xiali Hei
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Paper Abstract

The digitalization of audio is commonly implemented for the purpose of convenient storage and transmission of music and songs in today's digital age. Analyzing digital audio for an insightful look at a specific musical characteristic, however, can be quite challenging for various types of applications. Many existing musical analysis techniques can examine a particular piece of audio data. For example, the frequency of digital sound can be easily read and identified at a specific section in an audio file. Based on this information, we could determine the musical note being played at that instant, but what if you want to see a list of all the notes played in a song? While most existing methods help to provide information about a single piece of the audio data at a time, few of them can analyze the available audio file on a larger scale. The research conducted in this work considers how to further utilize the examination of audio data by storing more information from the original audio file. In practice, we develop a novel musical analysis system Musicians Aid to process musical representation and examination of audio data. Musicians Aid solves the previous problem by storing and analyzing the audio information as it reads it rather than tossing it aside. The system can provide professional musicians with an insightful look at the music they created and advance their understanding of their work. Amateur musicians could also benefit from using it solely for the purpose of obtaining feedback about a song they were attempting to play. By comparing our system's interpretation of traditional sheet music with their own playing, a musician could ensure what they played was correct. More specifically, the system could show them exactly where they went wrong and how to adjust their mistakes. In addition, the application could be extended over the Internet to allow users to play music with one another and then review the audio data they produced. This would be particularly useful for teaching music lessons on the web. The developed system is evaluated with songs played with guitar, keyboard, violin, and other popular musical instruments (primarily electronic or stringed instruments). The Musicians Aid system is successful at both representing and analyzing audio data and it is also powerful in assisting individuals interested in learning and understanding music.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9408, Imaging and Multimedia Analytics in a Web and Mobile World 2015, 94080J (6 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083407
Show Author Affiliations
Xunyu Pan, Frostburg State Univ. (United States)
Timothy J. Cross, Frostburg State Univ. (United States)
Liangliang Xiao, Frostburg State Univ. (United States)
Xiali Hei, Frostburg State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9408:
Imaging and Multimedia Analytics in a Web and Mobile World 2015
Qian Lin; Jan P. Allebach; Zhigang Fan, Editor(s)

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