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Template-Based Estimation of Time-Varying Tempo

Abstract

We present a novel approach to automatic estimation of tempo over time. This method aims at detecting tempo at the tactus level for percussive and nonpercussive audio. The front-end of our system is based on a proposed reassigned spectral energy flux for the detection of musical events. The dominant periodicities of this flux are estimated by a proposed combination of discrete Fourier transform and frequency-mapped autocorrelation function. The most likely meter, beat, and tatum over time are then estimated jointly using proposed meter/beat subdivision templates and a Viterbi decoding algorithm. The performances of our system have been evaluated on four different test sets among which three were used during the ISMIR 2004 tempo induction contest. The performances obtained are close to the best results of this contest.

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Peeters, G. Template-Based Estimation of Time-Varying Tempo. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2007, 067215 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/67215

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Keywords

  • Fourier
  • Fourier Transform
  • Information Technology
  • Autocorrelation
  • Tempo