Retrieving and Recreating Musical Form

  • Ole Kühl
  • Kristoffer Jensen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4969)


This paper discusses musical form from a cognitive and a computational viewpoint. While several time-windows exist in the brain, we here put emphasis on the superchunks of up to more than 30 seconds lengths. We compare a strategy for auditive analysis based on human cognition with a strategy for automatic analysis based on feature extraction. The feature extraction is based on the musical features rhythm, timbre and chroma. We then consider the possible consequences of this approach for the development of music generating software.


Music retrieval human cognition chunking feature extraction music generation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ole Kühl
    • 1
  • Kristoffer Jensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Aalborg University EsbjergEsbjergDenmark

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