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Factors in human recognition of timbre lexicons generated by data clustering

Roma, Gerard; Xambó, Anna; Herrera, Perfecto and Laney, Robin (2012). Factors in human recognition of timbre lexicons generated by data clustering. In: 9th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC 2012), 11-14 July 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

Since the development of sound recording technologies, the palette of sound timbres available for music creation was extended way beyond traditional musical instruments. The organization and categorization of timbre has been a common endeavor. The availability of large databases of sound clips provides an opportunity for obtaining datadriven timbre categorizations via content-based clustering. In this article we describe an experiment aimed at understanding what factors influence the process of learning a given clustering of sound samples. We clustered a large database of short sound clips, and analyzed the success of participants in assigning sounds to the “correct” clusters after listening to a few examples of each. The results of the experiment suggest a number of relevant factors related both to the strategies followed by users and to the quality measures of the clustering solution, which can guide the design of creative applications based on audio clip clustering.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Gerard Roma et al.
Keywords: timbre lexicons; data clustering; multi-touch
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 34083
Depositing User: Anna Xambó
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 14:35
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 17:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34083
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