Dr. Matija Marolt, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana

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Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut fuer Artificial Intelligence(OFAI) der OSGK
Freyung 6/6, A-1010 Wien
Tel: +43-1-5336112-17, Fax: +43-1-5336112-77, Email: sec@ofai.at

Dr. Matija Marolt
Assistant Professor and Head of Laboratory of Computer Graphics and
Multimedia at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science,
University of Ljubljana

Or why folk music is interesting(for computers)

Folk music is an integral part of a nation’s cultural heritage, and
represents a memory of past lives, customs and traditions. As in the
modern world it has all but disappeared, but its preservation,
accessibility and promotion are an important part of national (and
European) identity.
In our talk, we’ll present our research in MIR techniques for analysis
of folk music and discuss why specialized methods are needed for
analyzing this type of music. We’ll focus on analysis of
ethnomusicological field recordings, which, from the beginnings of the
20th century to the present, represent documents of folk music
performances stored in ethnomusicological archives, nowadays
increasingly digitized and made available on the web. As the name
suggests,these recordings are made in the field (as opposed to studio
environments), with all the imperfections brought by degradation of
media, environmental noises and quality of performance. Our objective
therefore is to develop robust algorithms for the analysis of folk music
recordings that will expose them to a wider audience and also aid
ethnomusicologists perform their studies on large collections, which
became available with the digitization of archives, compared to small
numbers of hand-annotated recordings – the prevailing practice so far.
We will focus on our recent work on segmentation and transcription of
field recordings and shortly present EtnoFletno (www.etnofletno.si),
a recently finished project dedicated to the promotion of Slovenian folk


Time: Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 3:00 p.m. sharp

Location: Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut
fuer Artificial Intelligence, OFAI
Freyung 6, Stiege 6, 1010 Wien

Univ.-Prof. Ing. Dr. Robert Trappl


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