Musical Style Classification from Symbolic Data: A Two-Styles Case Study

  • Pedro J. Ponce de León
  • José M. Iñesta
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2771)


In this paper the classification of monophonic melodies from two different musical styles (Jazz and classical) is studied using different classification methods: Bayesian classifier, a k-NN classifier, and self-organising maps (SOM). From MIDI files, the monophonic melody track is extracted and cut into fragments of equal length. From these sequences, A number of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic numerical descriptors are computed and analysed in terms of separability in two music classes, obtaining several reduced descriptor sets. Finally, the classification results for each type of classifier for the different descriptor models are compared. This scheme has a number of applications like indexing and selecting musical databases or the evaluation of style-specific automatic composition systems.


music information retrieval self-organising maps bayesian classifier nearest neighbours (k-NN) feature selection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro J. Ponce de León
    • 1
  • José M. Iñesta
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas InformáticosUniversidad de Alicante, Ap. 99AlicanteSpain

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