16.05.2017

Multi-track studio recordings of live performances in Swing, Blues and Funk styles

The following material is a side-product of a collaborative project carried out by Jakob Abeßer (Fraunhofer IDMT) and Olivier Lartillot (University of Jyväskylä), and described in the following paper:

Abeßer, J., Lartillot, O., Dittmar, C., Eerola, T., Schuller, G.: Modeling Musical Attributes to Characterize Ensemble Recordings using Rhythmic Audio Features. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2011, Praha, Czech Republic

Description of the material

The music recordings were performed on 03.06.2010 under the supervision of audio engineer Mikko Leimu in the Studio in the Music Department of the University of Jyväskylä.

Three groups, each with three proficient musicians (electric guitar, bass guitar, drums) were recruited from the local music conservatory:

  • Group 1: Juko Nummelin (guitar), Olli Puolakka (Bass), Keijo Koskenharju (Drums)
  • Group 2: Olli Moilanen (guitar), Eemeli Männistö (Bass), Jukka Puranen (Drums)
  • Group 3: Samuli Erkkilä (guitar), Simo Kärki (Bass), Jukka Puranen (Drums)

Each group was asked to record one musical performance within each of the genres blues, funk, and swing each with at least one improvised solo part from each of the three musicians.

Overall, 72 minutes of multi-track audio consisting of isolated audio tracks for bass guitar, guitar, bass drum (drumset), snare-drum (drum-set) and hi-hat / cymbals (drum-set) were recorded. Multiple microphones were assigned to the drums, 2 microphones for the Fender guitar amplifier, and the bass was recorded as direct signal from the instrument.

Each musician was also video recorded during the whole jam sessions.

Video and audio have not been synchronized yed. However, a visible and audible handclap was recorded for that purpose in the beginning of each recording.

Check this teaser

You can check this 23-second 891KB QuickTime movie featuring all the musicians, to get a slight idea..

Conditions of use

These recordings can be used for research purposes, on condition that papers based on this material include a citation to the following paper, where the context of this data collection is explained:

Abeßer, J., Lartillot, O., Dittmar, C., Eerola, T., Schuller, G.: Modeling Musical Attributes to Characterize Ensemble Recordings using Rhythmic Audio Features. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2011, Praha, Czech Republic

Some potential fields of applications:

  • music segmentation tasks
  • music performance analysis
  • automatic music mixing
  • multi-modal analysis

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