TitleMelodic Similarity: Looking for a Good Abstraction Level
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsGrachten M, Arcos JLluis, de Mántaras RLópez
EditorLomelí C., Loureiro R.
Conference NameISMIR 2004: 5th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval
PublisherPublicaciones UPF

Computing melodic similarity is a very general problem with diverse musical applications ranging from music analysis to content-based retrieval. Choosing the appropriate level of representation is a crucial issue and depends on the type of application. Our research interest concerns the development of a CBR system for expressive music processing. In that context, a well chosen distance measure for melodies is a crucial issue. In this paper we propose a new melodic similarity measure based on the I/R model for melodic structure and compare it with other existing measures. The experimentation shows that the proposed measure provides a good compromise between discriminatory power and the level of abstraction of melody representation.