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Indexing by Piet de Keyser

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Automatic indexing of music

Abstract:

Traditional music indexing treats music recordings mainly in the same way as text documents: it tries to express content in subject headings. The Internet made it possible to search for music fragments by entering the music itself as a ‘question’. In order to retrieve the music fragments that match this ‘question’ from a database certain mathematical techniques must be applied, which are already implemented in some (experimental) music retrieval sites.

Key words

automatic music indexing

query by humming

query by representation

Introduction

Traditionally, songs and other musical works are indexed by textual elements: the title, the name of the composer, the name of the orchestra or the singer(s), terms ...

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