An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis: Applications in Signal Processing and Music Informatics

Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 11.36.03 AMThe digital music revolution has profoundly changed the way that we listen to, discover, share and appreciate music. Digitization of music has turned music into data, and has enabled a much more systematic and rigorous analysis of the music as such. “An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis” is an excellent resource for the state-of-the art conceptual and analytic tools that are used these days for the analysis of the audio signal.

Like many such technical books that are called an introduction, this classification is a bit of a misnomer. The book is fairly advanced; both in terms of content as well as the mathematics used, and would be more appropriate for a higher-level undergraduate of beginning graduate class.

Even thought the title of this book suggests that this is a general audio analysis resource, the book predominantly focuses on the content analysis of music.

This book is not the best textbook material out there. It lacks a wide variety of worked-out examples, and there are no exercises at the ends of the chapters. However, it does come with an accompanying website which is a great resource in its own right. The website provides a plethora of Matlab examples, which are one of the best aspects of this book.

Overall, this is a pretty good resource that will be a handy both for the audio analysis professionals as well as those who want to learn more about this growing and exciting field.


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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