PhD offer: Developmental robotics of birdsong

The Neurocybernetic team of ETIS Lab (CNRS, CY Cergy-Paris University, ENSEA) is seeking applicants for a fully funded PhD place providing an exciting opportunity to pursue a postgraduate research in the fields of bio/neuro-inspired robotics, ethology, neuroscience.Webpage: This PhD is funded by the French ANR, under the 4 years’ project “Nirvana” on sensorimotor integration of… Continue reading PhD offer: Developmental robotics of birdsong

Kymatio notebooks @ ISMIR 2023

On November 5th, 2023, we hosted a tutorial on Kymatio, entitled “Deep Learning meets Wavelet Theory for Music Signal Processing”, as part of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conference in Milan, Italy. The Jupyter notebooks below were authored by Chris Mitcheltree and Cyrus Vahidi from Queen Mary University of London. I. Wavelets… Continue reading Kymatio notebooks @ ISMIR 2023

Foley sound synthesis at the DCASE 2023 challenge

The addition of Foley sound effects during post-production is a common technique used to enhance the perceived acoustic properties of multimedia content. Traditionally, Foley sound has been produced by human Foley artists, which involves manual recording and mixing of sound. However, recent advances in sound synthesis and generative models have generated interest in machine-assisted or… Continue reading Foley sound synthesis at the DCASE 2023 challenge

ReNAR: Reducing Noise with Augmented Reality

Noise pollution has a significant impact on quality of life. In the office, noise exposure creates stress that leads to reduced performance, provokes annoyance responses and changes in social behaviour. Headphones with excellent noise-cancelling processors can now be acquired in order to protect oneself from the noise exposure. While these techniques have reached a high… Continue reading ReNAR: Reducing Noise with Augmented Reality

Perceptual musical similarity metric learning with graph neural networks @ IEEE WASPAA

Sound retrieval for assisted music composition depends on evaluating similarity between musical instrument sounds, which is partly influenced by playing techniques. Previous methods utilizing Euclidean nearest neighbours over acoustic features show some limitations in retrieving sounds sharing equivalent timbral properties, but potentially generated using a different instrument, playing technique, pitch or dynamic. In this paper,… Continue reading Perceptual musical similarity metric learning with graph neural networks @ IEEE WASPAA

Zero-Note Samba: Self-supervised beat tracking @ IEEE TASLP

Supervised machine learning for music information retrieval requires a large annotated training set, and thus a high cognitive workload. To circumvent this problem, we propose to train deep neural networks to perceive beats in musical recordings despite having little or no access to human annotations. The key idea, which we name “Zero-Note Samba” (ZeroNS), is to train two fully convolutional networks in parallel: the first analyzes the percussive part of a musical piece whilst the second analyzes its non-percussive part. These networks learn a self-supervised pretext task of synchrony prediction (sync-pred), which simulates the ability of musicians to groove together when playing in the same band. Sync-pred encourages the two networks to return similar outputs if the underlying musical parts are synchronized, yet dissimilar outputs if the parts are out of sync. In practice, we obtain the instrumental parts from commercial recordings via an off-the-shelf source separation system: Spleeter. After self-supervised learning with sync-pred, ZeroNS produces a sparse output that resembles a beat detection function. When used in conjunction with a dynamic Bayesian network, ZeroNS surpasses the state of the art in unsupervised beat tracking. Furthermore, fine-tuning ZeroNS to a small set of labeled data (of the order of one to ten songs) matches the performance of a fully supervised network on 96 songs. Lastly, we show that pre-training a supervised model with sync-pred mitigates dataset bias and thus improves cross-dataset generalization, at no extra annotation cost.

BioacAI: Understanding animal sounds with machine learning

Official website: The biodiversity crisis is coming into focus. Yet, data for monitoring wild animal populations are still incomplete and uncertain. And there are still big gaps in our understanding of animal behaviour and interactions. Animals make sounds that convey so much information. How can we use this to help monitor and protect wildlife?… Continue reading BioacAI: Understanding animal sounds with machine learning