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Structural Decomposition of Recorded Vocal Performances and It's Application to Intelligent Audio Editing

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In an intelligent editing environment, the semantic music structure can be used as beneficial assistance during the post production process. In this paper we propose a new approach to extract both low and high level hierarchical structure from vocal tracks of multi-track master recordings. Contrary to most segmentation methods for polyphonic audio, we utilize extra information available when analyzing a single audio track. A sequence of symbols is derived using a hierarchical decomposition method involving onset detection, pitch tracking and timbre modelling to capture phonetic similarity. Results show that the applied model well captures similarity of short voice segments.

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