From Pitches to Notes: Creation and Segmentation of Pitch Tracks for Melody Detection in Polyphonic Audio



Despite the importance of the note as the basic representational symbol in Western music notation, the explicit and accurate recognition of musical notes has been a difficult problem in automatic music transcription research. In fact, most approaches disregard the importance of notes as musicological units having dynamic nature.
In this paper we propose a mechanism for quantizing the temporal sequences of the detected fundamental frequencies into note symbols, characterized by precise temporal boundaries and note pitches (namely, MIDI note numbers). The developed method aims to cope with typical dynamics and performing styles such as vibrato, glissando or legato.


note segmentation, melody detection, music information retrieval


Music Information Retrieval


Journal of New Music Research, Vol. 37, #3, pp. 185-205, na, December 2008

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Year 2013 : 1 citations

 1. Schneider, Albrecht. "Change and Continuity in Sound Analysis: A Review of Concepts in Regard to Musical Acoustics, Music Perception, and Transcription." Sound-Perception-Performance. Springer International Publishing, 2013. 71-111.

Year 2010 : 1 citations

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