Refinement Strategies for Music Synchronization

  • Sebastian Ewert
  • Meinard Müller
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02518-1_10

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5493)
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Ewert S., Müller M. (2009) Refinement Strategies for Music Synchronization. In: Ystad S., Kronland-Martinet R., Jensen K. (eds) Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Genesis of Meaning in Sound and Music. CMMR 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5493. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


For a single musical work, there often exists a large number of relevant digital documents including various audio recordings, MIDI files, or digitized sheet music. The general goal of music synchronization is to automatically align the multiple information sources related to a given musical work. In computing such alignments, one typically has to face a delicate tradeoff between robustness, accuracy, and efficiency. In this paper, we introduce various refinement strategies for music synchronization. First, we introduce novel audio features that combine the temporal accuracy of onset features with the robustness of chroma features. Then, we show how these features can be used within an efficient and robust multiscale synchronization framework. In addition we introduce an interpolation method for further increasing the temporal resolution. Finally, we report on our experiments based on polyphonic Western music demonstrating the respective improvements of the proposed refinement strategies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian Ewert
    • 1
  • Meinard Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Informatik IIIUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für InformatikSaarbrückenGermany

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