[LAU] Bpm detection/quantize

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Thu Feb 12 04:23:05 EST 2009

Chris Cannam hat gesagt: // Chris Cannam wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 9:01 AM, Frank Barknecht <fbar at footils.org> wrote:
> > Beat and rhythm detection also is a hot topic for many years in the
> > academic music scene as it's a necessary prerequisite to let a
> > computer play along with human performers, ideally in real time.
> I actually find this goal more distasteful than the one Fons is objecting to.
> I can understand why people are interested in automatic accompaniment,
> but mangling human-made music to fit a specific timing map seems like
> a more proper goal to me -- "manufactured" being somehow preferable to
> "simulated".  (I think this may be an "uncanny valley" situation -- if
> you haven't met this term before, look it up.)

I know this term from research on human-like robots. 

Anyway it's not just "automatic accompaniment" as in "Band in a Box"
that I'm referring to, but the use of a computer to do what it can do
better than any human, namely carrying out algorithms for complicated
processes designed by a human.

Also experimentation with a computer in this regard can give valuable
insights into how the human mind experiences music. In the end, the
computer, like the book, is a tool to help humans think.

A good introduction to what I mean is Robert Rowe's book "Machine
Musicianship" by MIT Press.


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