Extraction of Metrical Structure from Music Recordings

Elio Quinton; Christopher Harte; Mark Sandler
DAFx-2015 - Trondheim
Rhythm is a fundamental aspect of music and metrical structure is an important rhythm-related element. Several mid-level features encoding metrical structure information have been proposed in the literature, although the explicit extraction of this information is rarely considered. In this paper, we present a method to extract the full metrical structure from music recordings without the need for any prior knowledge. The algorithm is evaluated against expert annotations of metrical structure for the GTZAN dataset, each track being annotated multiple times. Inter-annotator agreement and the resulting upper bound on algorithm performance are evaluated. The proposed system reaches 93% of this upper limit and largely outperforms the baseline method.