Unsupervised Symbolic Music Segmentation using Ensemble Temporal Prediction Errors

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Abstract

Symbolic music segmentation is the process of dividing symbolic melodies into smaller meaningful groups, such as melodic phrases. We proposed an unsupervised method for segmenting symbolic music. The proposed model is based on an ensemble of temporal prediction error models. During training, each model predicts the next token to identify musical phrase changes. While at test time, we perform a peak detection algorithm to select segment candidates. Finally, we aggregate the predictions of each of the models participating in the ensemble to predict the final segmentation. Results suggest the proposed method reaches state-of-the-art performance on the Essen Folksong dataset under the unsupervised setting when considering F-Score and R-value. We additionally provide an ablation study to better assess the contribution of each of the model components to the final results. As expected, the proposed method is inferior to the supervised setting, which leaves room for improvement in future research considering closing the gap between unsupervised and supervised methods.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2423-2427
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Volume2022-September
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event23rd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2022 - Incheon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Sep 202222 Sep 2022

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Keywords

  • sequence segmentation
  • symbolic music
  • temporal prediction

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