Essay about Reasearch

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RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LYRICS AND MELODY
IN POPULAR MUSIC
Eric Nichols1, Dan Morris2, Sumit Basu2, and Christopher Raphael1
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Indiana University
Microsoft Research
Bloomington, IN, USA
Redmond, WA, USA
{epnichol,craphael}@indiana.edu
ABSTRACT
Composers of popular music weave lyrics, melody, and instrumentation together to create a consistent and compelling emotional scene. The relationships among these elements are critical to musical communication, and understanding the statistics behind these relationships can contribute to numerous problems in music information retrieval and creativity support. In this paper, we present the results of an observational study on a large symbolic database of popular music; our results identify several
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Specifically, we investigate the general hypothesis that textual salience is correlated with musical salience, by extracting features representative of each and exploring correlations among those features.
This study contributes fundamental statistics to musiPermission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page.
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{dan,sumitb}@microsoft.com cology and music-cognition research, and makes the following specific contributions to the music information retrieval community:
1) We establish new features in the hybrid space of lyrics and melody, which may contribute to musical information and genre analysis as well as music recommendation.
2) We demonstrate a quantitative correlation between lyrical and melodic features, motivating their use in composition-support tools which help composers work with music and text.
3) We strengthen the connection between MIR and speech research; the features presented here are closely related to natural patterns in speech rhythm and prosody.
4) We make analysis of lyrics and melody in popular music more accessible to the community, by releasing the parsing and

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