Research on timbre has produced a lot of work over the last 50 years, whether on analysis of single tone, instrument timbre, synthetic timbre, or perception and emotion. However, there is still a lot to investigate for polyphonic timbre. This aspect is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in the field of computeraided orchestration. This paper reports on the development of a system capable of automatically identify perceptual qualities of timbre within orchestral sounds. Work in this area could enrich current and future computing systems designed to aid musical orchestration.

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Proceedings of the 2017 International Symposium on Musical Acoustics

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School of Art, Design and Architecture