Constructing a Multimedia Chinese Musical Instrument Database

  • Xiaojing LiangEmail author
  • Zijin Li
  • Jingyu Liu
  • Wei Li
  • Jiaxing Zhu
  • Baoqiang Han
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 568)


Throughout history, more than 2000 Chinese musical instruments have existed or been historically recorded, they are of non-negligible importance in Chinese musicology. However, the public knows little about them. In this work, we present a multimedia database of Chinese musical instruments. This database includes, for each instrument, text descriptions, images, audio clips of playing techniques, music clips, videos of the craft process and recording process, and acoustic analysis materials. Motivation and selecting criteria of the database are introduced in detail. Potential applications based on this database are discussed, and we take the research on subjective auditory attributes of Chinese musical instruments as an example.


Chinese musical instruments Multimedia database Subjective auditory attributes Audio recording dataset 



This research is funded by the Ministry of Culture of PRC, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing Municipal Social Science Foundation (17YTC028). We are also thankful to all participants who participated in the work through the years.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaojing Liang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zijin Li
    • 1
  • Jingyu Liu
    • 2
  • Wei Li
    • 3
  • Jiaxing Zhu
    • 1
  • Baoqiang Han
    • 1
  1. 1.China Conservatory of MusicBeijingChina
  2. 2.Communication University of ChinaBeijingChina
  3. 3.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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