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Stay True to the Sound of History: Philology, Phylogenetics and Information Engineering in Musicology

Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, via Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 226; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8020226
Received: 3 November 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sound and Music Computing)
This work investigates computational musicology for the study of tape music works tackling the problems concerning stemmatics. These philological problems have been analyzed with an innovative approach considering the peculiarities of audio tape recordings. The paper presents a phylogenetic reconstruction strategy that relies on digitizing the analyzed tapes and then converting each audio track into a two-dimensional spectrogram. This conversion allows adopting a set of computer vision tools to align and equalize different tracks in order to infer the most likely transformation that converts one track into another. In the presented approach, the main editing techniques, intentional and unintentional alterations and different configurations of a tape recorded are estimated in phylogeny analysis. The proposed solution presents a satisfying robustness to the adoption of the wrong reading setup together with a good reconstruction accuracy of the phylogenetic tree. The reconstructed dependencies proved to be correct or plausible in 90% of the experimental cases. View Full-Text
Keywords: tape music analysis; audio philology; digitized audio recordings; digital phylogeny; computational musicology; spectrogram alignment; audio forensics tape music analysis; audio philology; digitized audio recordings; digital phylogeny; computational musicology; spectrogram alignment; audio forensics
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Verde, S.; Pretto, N.; Milani, S.; Canazza, S. Stay True to the Sound of History: Philology, Phylogenetics and Information Engineering in Musicology. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 226.

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