Melodic segmentation: structure, cognition, algorithms

Title: Melodic segmentation: structure, cognition, algorithms
Source document: Musicologica Brunensia. 2017, vol. 52, iss. 1, pp. 53-61
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    1212-0391 (print)
    2336-436X (online)
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Segmentation of melodies into smaller units (phrases, themes, motifs, etc.) is an important process in both music analysis and music cognition. Also, segmentation is a necessary preprocessing step for various tasks in music information retrieval. Several algorithms for automatic segmentation have been proposed, based on different music-theoretical backgrounds and computing approaches. Rule-based models operate on a given set of logical conditions. Learning-based models, originating in linguistics, compute segmentation criteria on the basis of statistical parameters of a training corpus and/or of the given composition. The aim of this preliminary study is to propose and describe a new segmentation algorithm that is rule-based, parsimonious, and unambiguous.
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