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"music generation": models, code, and papers

Dancing to Music

Nov 05, 2019
Hsin-Ying Lee, Xiaodong Yang, Ming-Yu Liu, Ting-Chun Wang, Yu-Ding Lu, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Jan Kautz

Dancing to music is an instinctive move by humans. Learning to model the music-to-dance generation process is, however, a challenging problem. It requires significant efforts to measure the correlation between music and dance as one needs to simultaneously consider multiple aspects, such as style and beat of both music and dance. Additionally, dance is inherently multimodal and various following movements of a pose at any moment are equally likely. In this paper, we propose a synthesis-by-analysis learning framework to generate dance from music. In the analysis phase, we decompose a dance into a series of basic dance units, through which the model learns how to move. In the synthesis phase, the model learns how to compose a dance by organizing multiple basic dancing movements seamlessly according to the input music. Experimental qualitative and quantitative results demonstrate that the proposed method can synthesize realistic, diverse,style-consistent, and beat-matching dances from music.

* NeurIPS 2019; Project page: 

Melody Generation using an Interactive Evolutionary Algorithm

Jul 07, 2019
Majid Farzaneh, Rahil Mahdian Toroghi

Music generation with the aid of computers has been recently grabbed the attention of many scientists in the area of artificial intelligence. Deep learning techniques have evolved sequence production methods for this purpose. Yet, a challenging problem is how to evaluate generated music by a machine. In this paper, a methodology has been developed based upon an interactive evolutionary optimization method, with which the scoring of the generated melodies is primarily performed by human expertise, during the training. This music quality scoring is modeled using a Bi-LSTM recurrent neural network. Moreover, the innovative generated melody through a Genetic algorithm will then be evaluated using this Bi-LSTM network. The results of this mechanism clearly show that the proposed method is able to create pleasurable melodies with desired styles and pieces. This method is also quite fast, compared to the state-of-the-art data-oriented evolutionary systems.

* 5 pages, 4 images, submitted to MEDPRAI2019 conference 

Semi-Supervised Learning for In-Game Expert-Level Music-to-Dance Translation

Sep 27, 2020
Yinglin Duan, Tianyang Shi, Zhengxia Zou, Jia Qin, Yifei Zhao, Yi Yuan, Jie Hou, Xiang Wen, Changjie Fan

Music-to-dance translation is a brand-new and powerful feature in recent role-playing games. Players can now let their characters dance along with specified music clips and even generate fan-made dance videos. Previous works of this topic consider music-to-dance as a supervised motion generation problem based on time-series data. However, these methods suffer from limited training data pairs and the degradation of movements. This paper provides a new perspective for this task where we re-formulate the translation problem as a piece-wise dance phrase retrieval problem based on the choreography theory. With such a design, players are allowed to further edit the dance movements on top of our generation while other regression based methods ignore such user interactivity. Considering that the dance motion capture is an expensive and time-consuming procedure which requires the assistance of professional dancers, we train our method under a semi-supervised learning framework with a large unlabeled dataset (20x than labeled data) collected. A co-ascent mechanism is introduced to improve the robustness of our network. Using this unlabeled dataset, we also introduce self-supervised pre-training so that the translator can understand the melody, rhythm, and other components of music phrases. We show that the pre-training significantly improves the translation accuracy than that of training from scratch. Experimental results suggest that our method not only generalizes well over various styles of music but also succeeds in expert-level choreography for game players.

* 14 pages, 8 figures 

Singer separation for karaoke content generation

Oct 13, 2021
Hsuan-Yu Chen, Xuanjun Chen, Jyh-Shing Roger Jang

Due to the rapid development of deep learning, we can now successfully separate singing voice from mono audio music. However, this separation can only extract human voices from other musical instruments, which is undesirable for karaoke content generation applications that only require the separation of lead singers. For this karaoke application, we need to separate the music containing male and female duets into two vocals, or extract a single lead vocal from the music containing vocal harmony. For this reason, we propose in this article to use a singer separation system, which generates karaoke content for one or two separated lead singers. In particular, we introduced three models for the singer separation task and designed an automatic model selection scheme to distinguish how many lead singers are in the song. We also collected a large enough data set, MIR-SingerSeparation, which has been publicly released to advance the frontier of this research. Our singer separation is most suitable for sentimental ballads and can be directly applied to karaoke content generation. As far as we know, this is the first singer-separation work for real-world karaoke applications.

* Submitted to ICASSP 2022 

Beyond Markov Chains, Towards Adaptive Memristor Network-based Music Generation

Feb 04, 2013
Ella Gale, Oliver Matthews, Ben de Lacy Costello, Andrew Adamatzky

We undertook a study of the use of a memristor network for music generation, making use of the memristor's memory to go beyond the Markov hypothesis. Seed transition matrices are created and populated using memristor equations, and which are shown to generate musical melodies and change in style over time as a result of feedback into the transition matrix. The spiking properties of simple memristor networks are demonstrated and discussed with reference to applications of music making. The limitations of simulating composing memristor networks in von Neumann hardware is discussed and a hardware solution based on physical memristor properties is presented.

* 22 pages, 13 pages, conference paper 

Temporally Guided Music-to-Body-Movement Generation

Sep 17, 2020
Hsuan-Kai Kao, Li Su

This paper presents a neural network model to generate virtual violinist's 3-D skeleton movements from music audio. Improved from the conventional recurrent neural network models for generating 2-D skeleton data in previous works, the proposed model incorporates an encoder-decoder architecture, as well as the self-attention mechanism to model the complicated dynamics in body movement sequences. To facilitate the optimization of self-attention model, beat tracking is applied to determine effective sizes and boundaries of the training examples. The decoder is accompanied with a refining network and a bowing attack inference mechanism to emphasize the right-hand behavior and bowing attack timing. Both objective and subjective evaluations reveal that the proposed model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods. To the best of our knowledge, this work represents the first attempt to generate 3-D violinists' body movements considering key features in musical body movement.


Conditional Drums Generation using Compound Word Representations

Feb 21, 2022
Dimos Makris, Guo Zixun, Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, Dorien Herremans

The field of automatic music composition has seen great progress in recent years, specifically with the invention of transformer-based architectures. When using any deep learning model which considers music as a sequence of events with multiple complex dependencies, the selection of a proper data representation is crucial. In this paper, we tackle the task of conditional drums generation using a novel data encoding scheme inspired by the Compound Word representation, a tokenization process of sequential data. Therefore, we present a sequence-to-sequence architecture where a Bidirectional Long short-term memory (BiLSTM) Encoder receives information about the conditioning parameters (i.e., accompanying tracks and musical attributes), while a Transformer-based Decoder with relative global attention produces the generated drum sequences. We conducted experiments to thoroughly compare the effectiveness of our method to several baselines. Quantitative evaluation shows that our model is able to generate drums sequences that have similar statistical distributions and characteristics to the training corpus. These features include syncopation, compression ratio, and symmetry among others. We also verified, through a listening test, that generated drum sequences sound pleasant, natural and coherent while they "groove" with the given accompaniment.

* Accepted for the 11th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design (EvoMUSART), 2022 

LSTM Networks for Music Generation

Jun 16, 2020
Xin Xu

The paper presents a method of the music generation based on LSTM (Long Short-Term Memory), contrasts the effects of different network structures on the music generation and introduces other methods used by some researchers.


MuseMorphose: Full-Song and Fine-Grained Music Style Transfer with Just One Transformer VAE

May 10, 2021
Shih-Lun Wu, Yi-Hsuan Yang

Transformers and variational autoencoders (VAE) have been extensively employed for symbolic (e.g., MIDI) domain music generation. While the former boast an impressive capability in modeling long sequences, the latter allow users to willingly exert control over different parts (e.g., bars) of the music to be generated. In this paper, we are interested in bringing the two together to construct a single model that exhibits both strengths. The task is split into two steps. First, we equip Transformer decoders with the ability to accept segment-level, time-varying conditions during sequence generation. Subsequently, we combine the developed and tested in-attention decoder with a Transformer encoder, and train the resulting MuseMorphose model with the VAE objective to achieve style transfer of long musical pieces, in which users can specify musical attributes including rhythmic intensity and polyphony (i.e., harmonic fullness) they desire, down to the bar level. Experiments show that MuseMorphose outperforms recurrent neural network (RNN) based prior art on numerous widely-used metrics for style transfer tasks.

* Preprint. 26 pages, 7 figures, and 8 tables