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A multi-genre model for music emotion recognition using linear regressors

Griffiths, Darryl and Cunningham, Stuart and Weinel, Jonathan and Picking, Richard (2021) A multi-genre model for music emotion recognition using linear regressors. Journal of New Music Research. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0929-8215

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Abstract

Making the link between human emotion and music is challenging. Our aim was to produce an efficient system that emotionally rates songs from multiple genres. To achieve this, we employed a series of online self-report studies, utilising Russell's circumplex model. The first study (n = 44) identified audio features that map to arousal and valence for 20 songs. From this, we constructed a set of linear regressors. The second study (n = 158) measured the efficacy of our system, utilising 40 new songs to create a ground truth. Results show our approach may be effective at emotionally rating music, particularly in the prediction of valence.

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