Noise to Signal: Retrieving Information from Jazz Recordings

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:30pm
Prentis Hall, Columbia University     map

A Conversation with Dan Ellis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University.

This talk will present the basic tools of audio signal analysis for music information retrieval, and discuss the prospects for their useful application in jazz music collections. This work is part of a project led by the Center for Jazz Studies to build a collaborative online resource for information on jazz recordings known as J-DISC. Music Information Retrieval (MIR) is a young field that applies tools from machine learning and signal processing to obtain information about musical items. Despite significant work with pop and classical music, jazz remains almost completely unaddressed by the MIR community. Features like rhythmic/harmonic complexity and improvisational structure mean that jazz poses a set of novel problems to explore in the context of these tools.

Dan Ellis is the Director of the Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio. The talk will be moderated by Moderated by Douglas Repetto, Director of Research, Computer Music Center, Columbia University.

This event is free and open to the public. A reservation is required; please call 212-851-9270 or email ym189 [at]