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Ewert, Sebastian ; Müller, Meinard ; Müllensiefen, Daniel ; Clausen, Michael ; Wiggins, Geraint A.

Case Study ``Beatles Songs'' -- What can be Learned from Unreliable Music Alignments?

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As a result of massive digitization efforts and the world wide web, there is an exploding amount of available digital data describing and representing music at various semantic levels and in diverse formats. For example, in the case of the Beatles songs, there are numerous recordings including an increasing number of cover songs and arrangements as well as MIDI data and other symbolic music representations. The general goal of music synchronization is to align the multiple information sources related to a given piece of music. This becomes a difficult problem when the various representations reveal significant differences in structure and polyphony, while exhibiting various types of artifacts. In this paper, we address the issue of how music synchronization techniques are useful for automatically revealing critical passages with significant difference between the two versions to be aligned. Using the corpus of the Beatles songs as test bed, we analyze the kind of differences occurring in audio and MIDI versions available for the songs.

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  author =	{Ewert, Sebastian and M\"{u}ller, Meinard and M\"{u}llensiefen, Daniel and Clausen, Michael and Wiggins, Geraint A.},
  title =	{{Case Study ``Beatles Songs'' – What can be Learned from Unreliable Music Alignments?}},
  booktitle =	{Knowledge representation for intelligent music processing},
  pages =	{1--16},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2009},
  volume =	{9051},
  editor =	{Eleanor Selfridge-Field and Frans Wiering and Geraint A. Wiggins},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-19640},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.09051.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: MIDI, audio, music synchronization, multimodal, music collections, Beatles songs}

Keywords: MIDI, audio, music synchronization, multimodal, music collections, Beatles songs
Collection: 09051 - Knowledge representation for intelligent music processing
Issue Date: 2009
Date of publication: 02.04.2009

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