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Conference Paper


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Publication Details

Paper presented at the Ninth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, 2008.


A set in traditional Irish music is a sequence of two or more dance tunes in the same time signature, where each tune is repeated an arbitrary number of times. A turn in a set represents the point at which either a tune repeats or a new tune is introduced. Tunes in sets are played in a segue (without a pause) and so detecting the turn is a significant challenge. This paper presents the MATS alogrithm, a novel algorithm for identifying turns in sets of traditional Irish music. MATS works on digitised audio files of monophonic flute and tin-whistle music. Previous work on machine annotation of traditional music is summarised and experimental results validating the MATS algorithm are presented.