Exploring modality-agnostic representations for music classification

06/02/2021 ∙ by Ho-Hsiang Wu, et al. ∙ 0

Music information is often conveyed or recorded across multiple data modalities including but not limited to audio, images, text and scores. However, music information retrieval research has almost exclusively focused on single modality recognition, requiring development of separate models for each modality. Some multi-modal works require multiple coexisting modalities given to the model as inputs, constraining the use of these models to the few cases where data from all modalities are available. To the best of our knowledge, no existing model has the ability to take inputs from varying modalities, e.g. images or sounds, and classify them into unified music categories. We explore the use of cross-modal retrieval as a pretext task to learn modality-agnostic representations, which can then be used as inputs to classifiers that are independent of modality. We select instrument classification as an example task for our study as both visual and audio components provide relevant semantic information. We train music instrument classifiers that can take both images or sounds as input, and perform comparably to sound-only or image-only classifiers. Furthermore, we explore the case when there is limited labeled data for a given modality, and the impact in performance by using labeled data from other modalities. We are able to achieve almost 70 system in a zero-shot setting. We provide a detailed analysis of experimental results to understand the potential and limitations of the approach, and discuss future steps towards modality-agnostic classifiers.



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