Silence as a cue to rhythm in the analysis of speech and song

David Gerhard


When dealing with human utterances, the spectral filter bank methods are not as successful because the acoustic events that may contribute to a sene of rhythm, are similar in spectral content to the rest of the utterance. Different methods must be employed to identify rhythmic structure. This paper discusses the merit of using silence as a cue to the rhythmic structure of human utterance, specifically speech and song.


Acoustic field measurement; Estimation; Mathematical models; Probability distributions; Speech processing; Statistical methods; Hysteresis threshold; Rhythm; Song; Sound pressure level; Spectral filter bank methods; Speech utterance

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