The meter of a musical excerpt provides high-level rhythmic information and is valuable in many music information retrieval tasks. We investigate the use of a computationally efficient approach to metrical analysis based on psycho-acoustically motivated decomposition of the audio signal. A two-stage comb filter-based approach, originally proposed for double/ triple meter estimation, is extended to a septuple meter (such as 7/8 time-signature) and its performance evaluated on a sizable Indian music database. We find that this system works well for Indian music and the distribution of musical stress/accents across a temporal grid can be utilized to obtain the metrical structure of audio automatically.


Meter detection Indian music complex meter comb filtering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sankalp Gulati
    • 1
  • Vishweshwara Rao
    • 1
  • Preeti Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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