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Kate M. Burgers

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Thesis

Finding the Beat in Music: Using Adaptive Oscillators

Advisor
Jon T. Jacobsen
Second Reader(s)
Rachel Levy

Abstract

The task of finding the beat in music is simple for most people, but surprisingly difficult to replicate in a robot. Progress in this problem has been made using various preprocessing techniques (Hitz 2008; Tomic and Janata 2008). However, a real-time method is not yet available. Methods using a class of oscillators called relay relaxation oscillators are promising. In particular, systems of forced Hopf oscillators (Large 2000; Righetti et al. 2006) have been used with relative success. This work describes current methods of beat tracking and develops a new method that incorporates the best ideas from each existing method and removes the necessity for preprocessing.

Proposal

Using Systems of Coupled Oscillators to Find the Beat in Music

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