A Geometric Framework for Pitch Estimation on Acoustic Musical Signals

8 Dec 2020  ·  Tom Goodman, Karoline van Gemst, Peter Tino ·

This paper presents a geometric approach to pitch estimation (PE)-an important problem in Music Information Retrieval (MIR), and a precursor to a variety of other problems in the field. Though there exist a number of highly-accurate methods, both mono-pitch estimation and multi-pitch estimation (particularly with unspecified polyphonic timbre) prove computationally and conceptually challenging. A number of current techniques, whilst incredibly effective, are not targeted towards eliciting the underlying mathematical structures that underpin the complex musical patterns exhibited by acoustic musical signals. Tackling the approach from both a theoretical and experimental perspective, we present a novel framework, a basis for further work in the area, and results that (whilst not state of the art) demonstrate relative efficacy. The framework presented in this paper opens up a completely new way to tackle PE problems, and may have uses both in traditional analytical approaches, as well as in the emerging machine learning (ML) methods that currently dominate the literature.

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Sound Computational Geometry Audio and Speech Processing 68R01


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