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Proceedings of the Linux Audio Conference 2018

Popov, Artem ; Westerfeld, Stefan ; Subia Valdez, José Rafael ; Herzke, Tobias ; Kayser, Hendrik ; Seifert, Christopher ; Maanen, Paul ; Obbard, Christopher ; Payá-Vayá, Guillermo ; Blume, Holger ; Hohmann, Volker ; McCurry, Mark ; Guillot, Pierre ; Goltz, Florian ; Kuhr, Christoph ; Carôt, Alexander ; Adriaensen, Fons ; Weaver, Paul ; Honour, David (2018)

These proceedings contain all papers presented at the Linux Audio Conference 2018. The conference took place at c-base, Berlin, from June 7th - 10th, 2018 and was organized in cooperation with the Electronic Music Studio at TU Berlin.

A Ground Truth on Room Acoustical Analysis and Perception (GRAP)

Ackermann, David ; Ilse, Maximilan ; Grigoriev, Dmitry ; Lepa, Steffen ; Pelzer, Sönke ; Vorländer, Michael ; Weinzierl, Stefan (2018-05)

A database of 35 virtual room models was created that can serve as a ground truth for the future development of room acoustical parameters beyond ISO 3382-1. Some of the room models are based on existing performance venues, however without yielding a perfect match of measured and simulated acoustical parameters. Others are artificial designs which were made to systematically cover a wide variet...

Tempo data from 50 performances of Beethovens Appassionata (Op. 57)

Brinkmann, Fabian ; von Loesch, Heinz (2018-05-24)

This database holds tempo data from 50 performances of Beethoven’s famous piano sonata Op. 57, also known as the Appassionata. Different versions of the score are for example freely available from the Petrucci Music Library (http://imslp.org). For further study, we recommend to either use the edition from Heinrich Schenker including bar numbers, or the edition from Arthur Schnabel including his...

On the epistemic potential of virtual realities for the historical sciences. A methodological framework

Weinzierl, Stefan ; Lepa, Steffen (2017)

Virtual or augmented audio-visual environments can be employed not only for the impartment of knowledge to a wider audience, but also for the generation of knowledge within the historical sciences. In this context, the transformation of numerical models of historical circumstances into an immediate sensual experience may be used both in an exploratory manner as well as for testing specific hypo...

TU-Note Violin Sample Library

Coler, Henrik von ; Margraf, Jonas ; Schuladen, Paul (2018)

The presented sample library of violin sounds is designed as a tool for the research, development and testing of sound analysis / synthesis algorithms. The library features single sounds which cover the entire frequency range of the instrument in four dynamic levels, two-note sequences for the study of note transitions, and solo pieces and scales. All parts come with hand-labeled segmentation g...

A Multi-channel Anechoic Orchestra Recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 op. 93

Böhm, Christoph ; Ackermann, David ; Weinzierl, Stefan (2018)

This data set contains an excerpt of the anechoic recording of the Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by the "Orchester Wiener Akademie" conducted by Martin Haselböck. It was recorded in the anechoic chamber of the TU Berlin.

GRAS - Ground Truth for Room Acoustical Simulation

Aspöck, Lukas ; Brinkmann, Fabian ; Ackermann, David ; Weinzierl, Stefan ; Vorländer, Michael (2018-03-14)

The Ground truth for Room Acoustical Simulation (GRAS) database contains eleven acoustical scenes that are intended for the evaluation of room acoustical simulation software. This comprises simple scenes that isolate certain acoustic phenomena, as well as complex environments of different shape and size. Each scene consists of (a) a scene description giving the room geometry, and the positions ...

Assessment of speech perception based on binaural room impulse responses

Kokabi, Omid ; Brinkmann, Fabian ; Weinzierl, Stefan (2018-03-14)

This document is supplement to "Assessment of speech perception based on binaural room impulse responses", a master thesis realized at the audio communication group at Technische Universität Berlin. In this thesis, the prediction accuracy with a binaural intelligibility model with an extension to model the influence of reverberation was tested for four different virtual rooms. Therefore, speech...

Extending the closed-form image source model for source directivity (Digital appendix)

Erbes, Vera ; Brinkmann, Fabian (2018-03-12)

The image source model (ISM) is a widespread tool in geometrical room acoustic simulation for the generation of early reflections, which can take into account the source and receiver directivity, as well as the absorption properties of the acoustic environment. A downside of the ISM is the increase in computational effort with increasing image source order caused by costly visibility checks tha...

Hearing a shakkei: The semiotics of the audible in a Japanese stroll garden

Fowler, Michael (2013)

Though there has been some interest in the semiotics of Japanese gardens (Casalis 1983; van Tonder and Lyons 2005) as pure visual articulations of landscape elements, attention to what Schafer (1977) and Truax (2001) identify as a garden's soundscape has been lacking. This paper investigates the gardening technique of shakkei (borrowed scenery) in the Tokyo garden Kyu Furukawa Teien. Utilizing ...

Alvin Lucier's Music for Solo Performer: Experimental music beyond sonification

Straebel, Volker ; Thoben, Wilm (2014)

Alvin Lucier's Music for Solo Performer (1965), often referred to as the ‘brain wave piece’, has become a key work of experimental music. Its setup, in which the brain waves of a solo performer are made to excite percussion instruments, has given the work a central place in the discourse on artistic sonification. However, only a small number of the authors making reference to the work seem to h...

Sound, materiality and embodiment challenges for the concept of 'musical expertise' in the age of digital mediatization

Lepa, Steffen ; Hoklas, Anne-Kathrin ; Egermann, Hauke ; Weinzierl, Stefan (2015)

Within academic music research, 'musical expertise' is often employed as a 'moderator variable' when conducting empirical studies on music listening. Prevalent conceptualizations typically conceive of it as a bundle of cognitive skills acquired through formal musical education. By implicitly drawing on the paradigm of the Western classical live concert, this ignores that for most people nowaday...

The FABIAN head-related transfer function data base

Brinkmann, Fabian ; Lindau, Alexander ; Weinzierl, Stefan ; Geissler, Gunnar ; van de Par, Steven ; Müller-Trapet, Markus ; Opdam, Rob ; Vorländer, Michael (2017-02-09)

This data base includes head-related transfer functions (HRTFs), headphone transfer functions (HpTFs), and 3D-meshes of the FABIAN head and torso simulator. More detailed information is provided in the documentation within the data base.

The Repeated Recording Illusion

Anglada-Tort, Manuel ; Müllensiefen, Daniel (2017-09)

The repeated recording illusion refers to the phenomenon in which listeners believe to hear different musical stimuli while they are in fact identical. The present paper aims to construct an experimental paradigm to enable the systematic measurement of this phenomenon, investigating potentially related extrinsic and individual difference factors. Participants were told to listen to ‘‘different’...

WhisPER. A MATLAB toolbox for performing quantitative and qualitative listening tests.

Ciba, Simon ; Brinkmann, Fabian ; Lindau, Alexander (2014-03-26)

WhisPER is a MATLAB based software package for performing experiments in the field of both perceptual audio evaluation and psychoacoustic measurement. It was developed by the audio communication group of the TU Berlin. WhisPER provides convenient means for both controlling the playback environment and for interacting with test subjects, e.g., featuring a GUI system easily accessible to experime...

Predicting musical meaning in audio branding scenarios

Herzog, Martin ; Lepa, Steffen ; Steffens, Jochen ; Schoenrock, Andreas ; Egermann, Hauke (2017)

This paper describes the concept of applying automatic music recommendation to the audio branding domain. We describe our approach of developing a prediction model for the perceived expressive content of music which is based on a large-scale listening experiment. We present an orthogonal 4-factor model for measuring musical expression as outcome variable, whereas audio- and music features as we...

Towards automatic music recommendation for audio branding scenarios

Herzog, Martin ; Lepa, Steffen ; Egermann, Hauke (2016)

Within the MIR community, most prediction models of musical impact on listeners focus on mood or emotional effects (perceived or induced). The ABC_DJ project investigates the associative impact of music on listeners from the specific perspective of music branding that surrounds us in our everyday lives. We pre-sent a general concept for applying automatic music rec-ommendation within this domai...

Entwicklung eines Systems zur automatischen Musikempfehlung im Kontext des Audio Brandings

Steffens, Jochen ; Lepa, Steffen ; Egermann, Hauke ; Schönrock, Andreas ; Herzog, Martin (2017)

In den vergangenen Jahren hat der systematische Einsatz von Audio Branding, d.h. Maßnahmen akustischer Markenführung, zunehmend an Bedeutsamkeit gewonnen. Neben Konzeption, Design und Entwicklung von Audio Logos geht es dabei unter anderem auch um Music-Branding-Strategien - die systematische Verwendung von Musikstücken zur Kommunikation einer Markenidentität an die avisierten Zielgruppen, beis...

A Database of Anechoic Microphone Array Measurements of Musical Instruments

Weinzierl, Stefan ; Vorländer, Michael ; Behler, Gottfried ; Brinkmann, Fabian ; Coler, Henrik von ; Detzner, Erik ; Krämer, Johannes ; Lindau, Alexander ; Pollow, Martin ; Schulz, Frank ; Shabtai, Noam R. (2017-04-10)

A collection of 3305 single notes of 41 musical instruments of different historical periods was recorded and analyzed. The database includes the instrument recordings, radiation patterns (directivities), and audio features such as the sound power or spectral centroid along with information about the identity and the making of the instrument and its player. The database can be used in virtual r...


Lepa, Steffen ; Steffens, Jochen ; Schönrock, Andreas ; Herzog, Martin ; Egermann, Hauke (2017-06-02)

The General Music Branding Inventory (GMBI) is a new psychometric instrument for assessing the music-induced association of attributes, which are frequently and reliably used in the field of music branding. The pre-GMBI version 2 consists of 36 attributes which have been used for music perception ratings during the second large scale online listening experiment in ABC_DJ. The aim of ABC_DJ proj...