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Melodic Similarity and Applications Using Biologically-Inspired Techniques

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Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, 3584 CC Utrecht, The Netherlands
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David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Academic Editor: Meinard Müller
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(12), 1242; https://doi.org/10.3390/app7121242
Received: 30 September 2017 / Revised: 23 November 2017 / Accepted: 27 November 2017 / Published: 1 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sound and Music Computing)
Music similarity is a complex concept that manifests itself in areas such as Music Information Retrieval (MIR), musicological analysis and music cognition. Modelling the similarity of two music items is key for a number of music-related applications, such as cover song detection and query-by-humming. Typically, similarity models are based on intuition, heuristics or small-scale cognitive experiments; thus, applicability to broader contexts cannot be guaranteed. We argue that data-driven tools and analysis methods, applied to songs known to be related, can potentially provide us with information regarding the fine-grained nature of music similarity. Interestingly, music and biological sequences share a number of parallel concepts; from the natural sequence-representation, to their mechanisms of generating variations, i.e., oral transmission and evolution respectively. As such, there is a great potential for applying scientific methods and tools from bioinformatics to music. Stripped-down from biological heuristics, certain bioinformatics approaches can be generalized to any type of sequence. Consequently, reliable and unbiased data-driven solutions to problems such as biological sequence similarity and conservation analysis can be applied to music similarity and stability analysis. Our paper relies on such an approach to tackle a number of tasks and more notably to model global melodic similarity. View Full-Text
Keywords: melodic similarity; alignment; stability; variation; bioinformatics melodic similarity; alignment; stability; variation; bioinformatics
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Bountouridis, D.; Brown, D.G.; Wiering, F.; Veltkamp, R.C. Melodic Similarity and Applications Using Biologically-Inspired Techniques. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1242.

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