This paper presents an approach to the problem of identifying musical chords from audio recordings. In our approach, a tuning algorithm is applied to a 36-bin chromagram to accurately locate the boundaries between semitones. This allows the calculation of a 12-bin semitone-quantised chromagram, which can then be compared with a set of predefined chord templates in order to generate a sequence of chord estimates. The performance of our method is evaluated by comparing the results with a test database of hand-labelled pieces, from which the initial results are encouraging. The paper concludes with a discussion of some possible improvements to the algorithms presented.
Harte, Christopher; Sandler, Mark
Affiliation: Queen Mary, University of London
AES Convention: 118 (May 2005) Paper Number: 6412
Publication Date: May 1, 2005
Subject: Analysis and Synthesis of Sound
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