Perceptual Dimensions of Short Audio Clips and Corresponding Timbre Features

Musil, Jason Jiri; Elnusairi, Budr and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2013. Perceptual Dimensions of Short Audio Clips and Corresponding Timbre Features. In: Mitsuko Aramaki; Mathieu Barthet; Richard Kronland-Martinet and Sølvi Ystad, eds. From Sounds to Music and Emotions. III (7900) Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 214-227. ISBN 978-3-642-41248-6 [Book Section]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

This study applied a multi-dimensional scaling approach to isolating a number of perceptual dimensions from a dataset of human similarity judgements for short excerpts of recorded popular music (800ms). Two dimensions were well identified by two of the twelve timbral coefficients from the Echo Nestâ's Analyze service. One of these was also identified by MFCC features from the Queen Mary Vamp plugin set, however a third dimension could not be mapped by either feature set and may represent a musical feature other than timbre. Implications are discussed within the context of existing research into music cognition and suggestions for further research regarding individual differences in sound perception are given.

Item Type:

Book Section

Identification Number (DOI):

Additional Information:

9th International Symposium, CMMR 2012, London, UK, June 19-22, 2012, Revised Selected Papers


Computer Appl. in Arts and Humanities, Information Storage and Retrieval, MDS, Multimedia Information Systems, Music, short audio clips, similarity perception, sorting paradigm, Special Purpose and Application-Based Systems, Timbre perception, User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction

Departments, Centres and Research Units:



January 2013Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

13 May 2014 13:00

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 10:16


Edit Record Edit Record (login required)