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Real-Time Audio-to-Score Alignment Using Particle Filter for Coplayer Music Robots

  • Takuma Otsuka1Email author,
  • Kazuhiro Nakadai2, 3,
  • Toru Takahashi1,
  • Tetsuya Ogata1 and
  • HiroshiG Okuno1
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20102011:384651

Received: 16 September 2010

Accepted: 2 November 2010

Published: 4 November 2010


Our goal is to develop a coplayer music robot capable of presenting a musical expression together with humans. Although many instrument-performing robots exist, they may have difficulty playing with human performers due to the lack of the synchronization function. The robot has to follow differences in humans' performance such as temporal fluctuations to play with human performers. We classify synchronization and musical expression into two levels: (1) melody level and (2) rhythm level to cope with erroneous synchronizations. The idea is as follows: When the synchronization with the melody is reliable, respond to the pitch the robot hears, when the synchronization is uncertain, try to follow the rhythm of the music. Our method estimates the score position for the melody level and the tempo for the rhythm level. The reliability of the score position estimation is extracted from the probability distribution of the score position. The experimental results demonstrate that our method outperforms the existing score following system in 16 songs out of 20 polyphonic songs. The error in the prediction of the score position is reduced by 69% on average. The results also revealed that the switching mechanism alleviates the error in the estimation of the score position.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
Honda Research Institute Japan, Co., Ltd.
Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology


© Takuma Otsuka et al. 2011

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