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Theses, Ph.D


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Thesis successfully submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.


Music making and listening practices increasingly rely on techno logy,and,asaconsequence,techniquesdevelopedinmusicinformation retrieval (MIR) research are more readily available to end users, in par ticular via online tools and smartphone apps. However, the majority of MIRresearchfocusesonWesternpopandclassicalmusic,andthusdoes not address specificities of other musical idioms. Irishtraditionalmusic(ITM)ispopularacrosstheglobe,withregular sessionsorganisedonallcontinents. ITMisadistinctivemusicalidiom, particularly in terms of heterophony and modality, and these character istics can constitute challenges for existing MIR algorithms. The bene fitsofdevelopingMIRmethodsspecificallytailoredtoITMisevidenced by Tunepal, a query-by-playing tool that has become popular among ITM practitioners since its release in 2009. As of today, Tunepal is the state of the art for tune recognition in ITM. The research in this thesis addresses existing limitations of Tunepal. The main goal is to find solutions to add key-invariance to the tune re cognitionsystem,animportantfeaturethatiscurrentlymissinginTune pal. Techniques from digital signal processing and machine learning are used and adapted to the specificities of ITM to extract harmonic iv and temporal features, respectively with improvements on existing key detection methods, and a novel method for rhythm classification. These featuresarethenusedtodevelopakey-invarianttunerecognitionsystem that is computationally efficient while maintaining retrieval accuracy to a comparable level to that of the existing system.