Supporting Musical Creativity With Unsupervised Syntactic Parsing

Reid Swanson, Elaine Chew, Andrew Gordon

Music and language are two human activities that fit well with a traditional notion of creativity and are particularly suited to computational exploration. In this paper we will argue for the necessity of syntactic processing in musical applications. Unsupervised methods offer uniquely interesting approaches to supporting creativity. We will demonstrate using the Constituent Context Model that syntactic structure of musical melodies can be learned automatically without annotated training data. Using a corpus built from the Well Tempered Clavier by Bach we describe a simple classification experiment that shows the relative quality of the induced parse trees for musical melodies.

Subjects: 1.1 Art And Music; 13.3 Syntax

Submitted: Jan 24, 2008

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