Query by BeatBoxing
Music Information Retrieval for the DJ
By Ajay Kapur, Manjinder S. Benning, George Tzanetakis
University of Victoria's Music Intelligence and Sound Technology Interdisciplinary Center
Project Description and Goals
Disc jockey (DJ) mixing, which £rst emerged in the early
1950ís in Jamaica, is one of the earliest examples of music
information retrieval (MIR), where a DJ retrieves prerecorded
music from a set of records based on the mood
and atmosphere of a night club and audience energy. Traditionally,
a DJ uses a set of turntables in conjunction with
a mixer to £lter appropriate music for the moment. In this
paper, we present new tools for the modern DJ, enabling
them to retrieve music with a microphone by BeatBoxing.
BeatBoxing is a type of vocal percussion, where musicians
use their lips, cheeks, and throat to create different
beats. It originated as an urban artform. The hip-hop
culture of the early 1980ís could seldom afford beat machines,
samplers, or sound synthesizers. Without machine
supplied beats to rap over, a new drum was created - the
mouth. Generally, the musician is imitating the sound of a
real drumset or other percussion instrument, but there are
no limits to the actual sounds that can be produced with
their mouth. The musician often
covers his mouth with one hand to create louder, deeper
sounds. A wide variety of sounds can be created with this
technique enabling individual BeatBoxers to have different
repertoires of sounds.
The main goal of this work is to explore the use of BeatBoxing as a query mechanism
for both retrieval and browsing.
Please use the following reference to cite this work:
Kapur, A., Benning, M., & G. Tzanetakis, "Query by Beatboxing: Music Information Retrieval for the DJ," In Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, Barcelona, Spain, October 11-14, 2004.