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Visualization of tonal content with self-organizing maps and self-similarity matrices

By Petri Toiviainen
Theoretical and Practical Computer Applications in Entertainment, [Vol. 3, No. 4]

DOI: 10.1145/1095534.1095543

This article presents a dynamic model of tonality perception based on a short-term memory model and a self-organizing map (SOM). The model can be used for dynamic visualization of perceived tonal content, making it possible to examine the clarity and locus of tonality at any given point of time. This article also presents a method for the visualization of tonal structure using self-similarity matrices. The methods are applied to compositions of J. S. Bach, S. Barber, and J. Pachelbel. Finally, a real-time application embracing the tonality perception model is presented.

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