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582hw5 - AMATH 582 Winter Quarter 2012 Homework 5 Music...

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AMATH 582 Winter Quarter 2012 Homework 5: Music Genre Identification DUE: Friday, Mar. 9, 2012 Music genres are instantly recognizable to us, wether it be jazz, classical, blues, rap, rock, etc. One can always ask how the brain classifies such information and how it makes a decision based upon hearing a new piece of music. The objective of this homework is to attempt to write a code that can classify a given piece of music by sampling a 5 second clip. As an example, consider Fig. 1. Four classic pieces of music are demonstrated spanning genres of rap, jazz, classic rock and classical. Specifically, a 3-second sample is given of Dr. Dre’s Nuthin’ but a ’G’ thang (The Chronic), John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (A Love Supreme), Led Zeppelin’s Over The Hills and Far Away (Houses of the Holy), and Mozart’s Kyrie (Requiem). Each has a different signature, thus begging the question wether a computer could distinguish between genres based upon such a characterization of the music.
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