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"music generation": models, code, and papers

Structure-Enhanced Pop Music Generation via Harmony-Aware Learning

Sep 14, 2021
Xueyao Zhang, Jinchao Zhang, Yao Qiu, Li Wang, Jie Zhou

Automatically composing pop music with a satisfactory structure is an attractive but challenging topic. Although the musical structure is easy to be perceived by human, it is difficult to be described clearly and defined accurately. And it is still far from being solved that how we should model the structure in pop music generation. In this paper, we propose to leverage harmony-aware learning for structure-enhanced pop music generation. On the one hand, one of the participants of harmony, chord, represents the harmonic set of multiple notes, which is integrated closely with the spatial structure of music, texture. On the other hand, the other participant of harmony, chord progression, usually accompanies with the development of the music, which promotes the temporal structure of music, form. Besides, when chords evolve into chord progression, the texture and the form can be bridged by the harmony naturally, which contributes to the joint learning of the two structures. Furthermore, we propose the Harmony-Aware Hierarchical Music Transformer (HAT), which can exploit the structure adaptively from the music, and interact on the music tokens at multiple levels to enhance the signals of the structure in various musical elements. Results of subjective and objective evaluations demonstrate that HAT significantly improves the quality of generated music, especially in the structureness.

* Under review 

Attentional networks for music generation

Feb 06, 2020
Gullapalli Keerti, A N Vaishnavi, Prerana Mukherjee, A Sree Vidya, Gattineni Sai Sreenithya, Deeksha Nayab

Realistic music generation has always remained as a challenging problem as it may lack structure or rationality. In this work, we propose a deep learning based music generation method in order to produce old style music particularly JAZZ with rehashed melodic structures utilizing a Bi-directional Long Short Term Memory (Bi-LSTM) Neural Network with Attention. Owing to the success in modelling long-term temporal dependencies in sequential data and its success in case of videos, Bi-LSTMs with attention serve as the natural choice and early utilization in music generation. We validate in our experiments that Bi-LSTMs with attention are able to preserve the richness and technical nuances of the music performed.


Song From PI: A Musically Plausible Network for Pop Music Generation

Nov 10, 2016
Hang Chu, Raquel Urtasun, Sanja Fidler

We present a novel framework for generating pop music. Our model is a hierarchical Recurrent Neural Network, where the layers and the structure of the hierarchy encode our prior knowledge about how pop music is composed. In particular, the bottom layers generate the melody, while the higher levels produce the drums and chords. We conduct several human studies that show strong preference of our generated music over that produced by the recent method by Google. We additionally show two applications of our framework: neural dancing and karaoke, as well as neural story singing.

* under review at ICLR 2017 

EmotionBox: a music-element-driven emotional music generation system using Recurrent Neural Network

Dec 16, 2021
Kaitong Zheng, Ruijie Meng, Chengshi Zheng, Xiaodong Li, Jinqiu Sang, Juanjuan Cai, Jie Wang

With the development of deep neural networks, automatic music composition has made great progress. Although emotional music can evoke listeners' different emotions and it is important for artistic expression, only few researches have focused on generating emotional music. This paper presents EmotionBox -an music-element-driven emotional music generator that is capable of composing music given a specific emotion, where this model does not require a music dataset labeled with emotions. Instead, pitch histogram and note density are extracted as features that represent mode and tempo respectively to control music emotions. The subjective listening tests show that the Emotionbox has a more competitive and balanced performance in arousing a specified emotion than the emotion-label-based method.


Dual-track Music Generation using Deep Learning

May 09, 2020
Sudi Lyu, Anxiang Zhang, Rong Song

Music generation is always interesting in a sense that there is no formalized recipe. In this work, we propose a novel dual-track architecture for generating classical piano music, which is able to model the inter-dependency of left-hand and right-hand piano music. Particularly, we experimented with a lot of different models of neural network as well as different representations of music, and the results show that our proposed model outperforms all other tested methods. Besides, we deployed some special policies for model training and generation, which contributed to the model performance remarkably. Finally, under two evaluation methods, we compared our models with the MuseGAN project and true music.

* 8 pages, 7 figures 

LSTM Based Music Generation System

Aug 02, 2019
Sanidhya Mangal, Rahul Modak, Poorva Joshi

Traditionally, music was treated as an analogue signal and was generated manually. In recent years, music is conspicuous to technology which can generate a suite of music automatically without any human intervention. To accomplish this task, we need to overcome some technical challenges which are discussed descriptively in this paper. A brief introduction about music and its components is provided in the paper along with the citation and analysis of related work accomplished by different authors in this domain. Main objective of this paper is to propose an algorithm which can be used to generate musical notes using Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN), principally Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) networks. A model is designed to execute this algorithm where data is represented with the help of musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) file format for easier access and better understanding. Preprocessing of data before feeding it into the model, revealing methods to read, process and prepare MIDI files for input are also discussed. The model used in this paper is used to learn the sequences of polyphonic musical notes over a single-layered LSTM network. The model must have the potential to recall past details of a musical sequence and its structure for better learning. Description of layered architecture used in LSTM model and its intertwining connections to develop a neural network is presented in this work. This paper imparts a peek view of distributions of weights and biases in every layer of the model along with a precise representation of losses and accuracy at each step and batches. When the model was thoroughly analyzed, it produced stellar results in composing new melodies.

* IARJSET: Vol. 6, Issue 5 (2019) 47-54 
* 6 pages, 11 figures 

Evolving Musical Counterpoint: The Chronopoint Musical Evolution System

Jul 23, 2012
Jeffrey Power Jacobs, James Reggia

Musical counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more independent melodies are played simultaneously with the goal of creating harmony, has been around since the baroque era. However, to our knowledge computational generation of aesthetically pleasing linear counterpoint based on subjective fitness assessment has not been explored by the evolutionary computation community (although generation using objective fitness has been attempted in quite a few cases). The independence of contrapuntal melodies and the subjective nature of musical aesthetics provide an excellent platform for the application of genetic algorithms. In this paper, a genetic algorithm approach to generating contrapuntal melodies is explained, with a description of the various musical heuristics used and of how variable-length chromosome strings are used to avoid generating "jerky" rhythms and melodic phrases, as well as how subjectivity is incorporated into the algorithm's fitness measures. Next, results from empirical testing of the algorithm are presented, with a focus on how a user's musical sophistication influences their experience. Lastly, further musical and compositional applications of the algorithm are discussed along with planned future work on the algorithm.

* Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Evolutionary Music, 2011 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 6-11 (2011) 
* 6 pages, 6 figures 

Deep Learning Techniques for Music Generation - A Survey

Sep 05, 2017
Jean-Pierre Briot, Gaëtan Hadjeres, François Pachet

This book is a survey and an analysis of different ways of using deep learning (deep artificial neural networks) to generate musical content. At first, we propose a methodology based on four dimensions for our analysis: - objective - What musical content is to be generated? (e.g., melody, accompaniment...); - representation - What are the information formats used for the corpus and for the expected generated output? (e.g., MIDI, piano roll, text...); - architecture - What type of deep neural network is to be used? (e.g., recurrent network, autoencoder, generative adversarial networks...); - strategy - How to model and control the process of generation (e.g., direct feedforward, sampling, unit selection...). For each dimension, we conduct a comparative analysis of various models and techniques. For the strategy dimension, we propose some tentative typology of possible approaches and mechanisms. This classification is bottom-up, based on the analysis of many existing deep-learning based systems for music generation, which are described in this book. The last part of the book includes discussion and prospects.

* 108 pages 

Multitrack Music Transformer: Learning Long-Term Dependencies in Music with Diverse Instruments

Jul 14, 2022
Hao-Wen Dong, Ke Chen, Shlomo Dubnov, Julian McAuley, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick

Existing approaches for generating multitrack music with transformer models have been limited to either a small set of instruments or short music segments. This is partly due to the memory requirements of the lengthy input sequences necessitated by existing representations for multitrack music. In this work, we propose a compact representation that allows a diverse set of instruments while keeping a short sequence length. Using our proposed representation, we present the Multitrack Music Transformer (MTMT) for learning long-term dependencies in multitrack music. In a subjective listening test, our proposed model achieves competitive quality on unconditioned generation against two baseline models. We also show that our proposed model can generate samples that are twice as long as those produced by the baseline models, and, further, can do so in half the inference time. Moreover, we propose a new measure for analyzing musical self-attentions and show that the trained model learns to pay less attention to notes that form a dissonant interval with the current note, yet attending more to notes that are 4N beats away from current. Finally, our findings provide a novel foundation for future work exploring longer-form multitrack music generation and improving self-attentions for music. All source code and audio samples can be found at .


MMM : Exploring Conditional Multi-Track Music Generation with the Transformer

Aug 13, 2020
Jeff Ens, Philippe Pasquier

We propose the Multi-Track Music Machine (MMM), a generative system based on the Transformer architecture that is capable of generating multi-track music. In contrast to previous work, which represents musical material as a single time-ordered sequence, where the musical events corresponding to different tracks are interleaved, we create a time-ordered sequence of musical events for each track and concatenate several tracks into a single sequence. This takes advantage of the attention-mechanism, which can adeptly handle long-term dependencies. We explore how various representations can offer the user a high degree of control at generation time, providing an interactive demo that accommodates track-level and bar-level inpainting, and offers control over track instrumentation and note density.