Elicitation and objective grading of 'Punch' within produced music

Steven Fenton, Hyunkook Lee, Jonathan Wakefield

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This paper details the results from an investigation into the objective grading of punch within a complex musical signal. The term punch is a subjective term, which is often used to characterize music or sound sources that exhibit a sense of dynamic power or weight to the listener. In a novel reverse elicitation process, experts were asked to create audio samples which they perceived as having punch using a multi-band wave shaping process. Expert listeners then graded the generated punchy audio samples in a controlled listening test. Statistical analysis identified correlations between Mean Subject Scores and the parameters that created the punchy audio samples suggesting that an algorithm could be developed to objectively evaluate punch in produced music.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication136th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781632665065
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event136th Audio Engineering Society Convention - Estrel Hotel and Convention Centre , Berlin, Germany
Duration: 26 Apr 201429 Apr 2014
Conference number: 136
http://www.aes.org/events/136/press/downloads.cfm (Link to Conference Website)


Conference136th Audio Engineering Society Convention
Abbreviated titleAES 2014
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