Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program



Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Charalampidis, Dimitrios

Second Advisor

Bourgeois, Edit

Third Advisor

Jilkov, Vesselin

Fourth Advisor

Lannes, Ken


Music has always played a large role in human life. The technology behind the art has progressed and grown over time in many areas, for instance the instruments themselves, the recording equipment used in studios, and the reproduction through digital signal processing. One facet of music that has seen very little attention over time is the ability to transcribe audio files into musical notation. In this thesis, a method of multipitch analysis is used to track multiple simultaneous notes through time in an audio music file. The analysis method is based on autocorrelation and a specialized peak pruning method to identify only the fundamental frequencies present at any single moment in the sequence. A sliding Hamming window is used to step through the input sound file and track through time. Results show the tracking of nontrivial musical patterns over two octaves in range and varying tempos.


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