Towards deep interpretability (MuS-rover II): Learning hierarchical representations of tonal music

Haizi Yu, Lav R. Varshney

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Abstract

Music theory studies the regularity of patterns in music to capture concepts underlying music styles and composers' decisions. This paper continues the study of building automatic theorists (rovers) to learn and represent music concepts that lead to human interpretable knowledge and further lead to materials for educating people. Our previous work took a first step in algorithmic concept learning of tonal music, studying high-level representations (concepts) of symbolic music (scores) and extracting interpretable rules for composition. This paper further studies the representation hierarchy through the learning process, and supports adaptive 2D memory selection in the resulting language model. This leads to a deeper-level interpretability that expands from individual rules to a dynamic system of rules, making the entire rule learning process more cognitive. The outcome is a new rover, MUS-ROVER II, trained on Bach's chorales, which outputs customizable syllabi for learning compositional rules. We demonstrate comparable results to our music pedagogy, while also presenting the differences and variations. In addition, we point out the rover's potential usages in style recognition and synthesis, as well as applications beyond music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event5th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2017 - Toulon, France
Duration: Apr 24 2017Apr 26 2017

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2017
CountryFrance
CityToulon
Period4/24/174/26/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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    Yu, H., & Varshney, L. R. (2017). Towards deep interpretability (MuS-rover II): Learning hierarchical representations of tonal music. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2017, Toulon, France.