Luwei Yang will attend and present the AVA at ISMIR2016

Luwei Yang will attend and present a paper about the AVA at the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR2016), organised by the New York university and Columbia University. The conference will take place at the New York City 7-11 August 2016.

AVA: An Interactive System for Visual and Quantitative Analyses of Vibrato and Portamento Performance Styles
Luwei Yang, Khalid Z. Rajab and Elaine Chew
Abstract: Vibratos and portamenti are important expressive features for characterizing performance style on instruments capable of continuous pitch variation such as strings and voice. Accurate study of these features is impeded by time consuming manual annotations. We present AVA, an interactive tool for automated detection, analysis, and visualization of vibratos and portamenti. The system implements a Filter Diagonalization Method (FDM)-based and a Hidden Markov Model-based method for vibrato and portamento detection. Vibrato parameters are reported directly from the FDM, and portamento parameters are given by the best fit Logistic Model. The graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to edit the detection results, to view each vibrato or portamento, and to read the output parameters. The entire set of results can also be written to a text file for further statistical analysis. Applications of AVA include music summarization, similarity assessment, music learning, and musicological analysis. We demonstrate AVA’s utility by using it to analyze vibratos and portamenti in solo performances of two Beijing opera roles and two string instruments, erhu and violin.
International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) is the world’s leading research forum on processing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. The ISMIR Conference provides a meeting place for the discussion of MIR-related research. Its main goal is to foster the exchange of ideas across disciplines by bringing together researchers, developers, educators, librarians, students, and professional users.

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