Aucouturier, Jean-Julien and Pachet, Francois Music Similarity Measures: What's the Use?. In Ircam, editor, Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval, pages 157-163, Paris, France, October 2002

Sony CSL authors: Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Fran├žois Pachet


Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) is in demand of robust, automatically extracted music descriptors. We introduce a timbral similarity measure for comparing music titles. This measure is based on a Gaussian model of cepstrum coefficients. We describe the timbre extractor and the corresponding timbral similarity relation. We describe experiments in assessing the quality of the similarity relation, and show that the measure is able to yield interesting similarity relations, in particular when used in conjunction with other similarity relations. We illustrate the use of the descriptor in several EMD applications developed in the context of the Cuidado European project.

Keywords: Cuidado, Timbre, music, similarity


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@INPROCEEDINGS { pachet:02g, ADDRESS="Paris, France", AUTHOR="Aucouturier, Jean-Julien and Pachet, Francois", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval", EDITOR="Ircam", MONTH="October", PAGES="157-163", TITLE="Music Similarity Measures: What's the Use?", YEAR="2002", }