Music understanding is the automatic recognition of pattern and structure in music. Music understanding problems include (1) matching and searching symbolic and audio music sequences, (2) parsing music to discover musical objects such as sections, notes, and beats, and (3) the interpretation and generation of expressive music performance. Music understanding is only beginning to find a range of applications, but the potential impact on the future of music is considerable. I will describe how music will be changed through intelligent audio editors, artificial musicians, and intelligent music displays.
Roger B. Dannenberg, Associate Research Professor of CS and Art at CMU, former STUDIO fellow