Dagstuhl Seminar "Computational Methods for Melody and Voice Processing in Music Recordings"

27.1.2019 - 1.2.2019
Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Organizers: Meinard Müller, Emilia Gómez, Yi-Hsuan Yang

This Dagstuhl Seminar is devoted to a branch of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) that is of particular importance: processing melodic voices using computational methods. It is often the melody, a specific succession of musical tones, which constitutes the leading element in a piece of music. In this seminar we want to discuss how to detect, extract, and analyze melodic voices as they occur in recorded performances of a piece of music. Even though it may be easy for a human to recognize and hum a main melody, the automated extraction and reconstruction of such information from audio signals is extremely challenging due to superposition of different sound sources as well as the intricacy of musical instruments and, in particular, the human voice. As one main objective of the seminar, we want to critically review the state of the art of computational approaches to various MIR tasks related to melody processing including pitch estimation, source separation, instrument recognition, singing voice analysis and synthesis, and performance analysis (timbre, intonation, expression). Second, we aim at triggering interdisciplinary discussions that leverage insights from fields such as audio processing, machine learning, music perception, music theory, and information retrieval. Third, we shall explore novel applications in music and multimedia retrieval, content creation, musicology, education, and human-computer interaction.

For more information take a look at the Dagstuhl seminar website.