Systematic and Quantative Electro-acoustic Music Analysis (SQEMA)

Tae Hong Park, David Hyman, Peter Leonard, Wen Wu

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In this paper we present the SQEMA (Systematic and Quantitative Electro-acoustic Music Analysis) methodology. The primary aim of SQEMA is to create a comprehensive framework to assist in the analysis of electro-acoustic music. Our proposed methodology is based on two main strategies: (a) exploitation of MIR and salient feature extraction techniques and (b) employing a systematic analysis paradigm to segment a complex piece of music into smaller and more manageable parts. Our initial studies show potential in using MIR techniques which seem to be underemployed for electro-acoustic music analysis. The literature in electro-acoustic music analysis provides a plethora of promising methods. However, the research also seems to be plagued by lack of consensus, confusion in nomenclature, and absence of a standard modus operandi, as far as strategies for electro-acoustic music analysis are concerned. We propose a methodology that attempts to provide a framework to address some of the issues found in existing fragmented systems, while incorporating useful portions of existing techniques. SQEMA employs a stepwise segmentation approach focusing on techniques that yield quantifiable information pertaining to form and content. One of its primary goals is informing aesthetic interpretation. In this paper we undertake a thorough analysis of The Machine Stops using our proposed methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)0971319286
StatePublished - 2010
EventInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010 - New York City and Stony Brook, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2010Jun 5 2010

Publication series

NameInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010


OtherInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York City and Stony Brook

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Music


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