Systematic and Quantative Electro-acoustic Music Analysis (SQEMA)

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

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Abstract

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
Pages199-206
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

Other

OtherInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010
CountryUnited States
CityNew York City and Stony Brook
Period6/1/106/5/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Music

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    Park, T. H., Hyman, D., Leonard, P., & Wu, W. (2010). Systematic and Quantative Electro-acoustic Music Analysis (SQEMA). In International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010 (pp. 199-206). (International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010). International Computer Music Association.