Harper's cryptic

September 25, 2022

A few years ago, my boyfriend Robert proposed to me in the pages of Harper’s Magazine—his words embedded in the cryptic crossword! As an homage to my husband’s proposal, as a thank you to that puzzle’s author (Richard E. Maltby, Jr.), and as a gift to our wedding guests, I wrote a variety cryptic in the style of Harper’s. I emailed a copy to Mr. Maltby Jr., and a week later got the thrill of my life: an invitation to print the puzzle in the pages of Harper’s Magazine!

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Kurodoko app

January 3, 2022

Another holiday season spent at home, partly with COVID, has meant taking another stab at my Kurodoko hobby project. This time I’ve made a simple web interface to interact with puzzles and solve them! You can try it out here: kurodoko.glitch.me.

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Extract loops with loopextractor

December 18, 2019

I’ve just published a new resource: loopextractor, an implementation of an algorithm described in our 2018 ICASSP paper (details here) that uses non-negative Tucker decomposition to model the loops in a song.

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Street View Movie Maker

July 31, 2019

I finished another hobby project last week: a Google Street View Movie Maker! I have long thought that it would be nifty to be able to preview any route on Google Maps as a video. It would be easy to accomplish by concatenating Street View images; the main challenge is to acquire said images automatically.

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Getting SALAMI from YouTube

November 19, 2018

In 2011, a team of us at McGill released the SALAMI dataset of structural annotations of lots of music; it was the largest dataset of its kind at the time, and still is. Unfortunately, it has never been easy for other researchers to obtain the audio data: we can provide all the metadata required to identify the tracks, but we don’t own the music so we can’t sell it.

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Tiling project

October 16, 2018

I recently updated a hobby project of mine to Github. The goal was to make an image feed where all the images would have matching edges, but where these edges could evolve over time. I’d still like to tweak it and add new types of designs, but a version of it is finished!

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Invited talk on multi-dimensional music structure

June 27, 2018

Earlier this month, I was invited to give a talk at the European Music Research Conference. I presented an overview of three recent research projects that all grew, in part, from a shared motivation: to understand musical structure—the way a piece of music is organized—not as a flat, one-dimensional, holistic phenomenon, but as a set of conflicting views of a piece, each view with its own rationale, the various rationales sometimes in conflict and sometimes in harmony each other.

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Two articles accepted to ICASSP

February 20, 2018

In my last year at AIST, I worked on two projects related to nonnegative factorization, and both have been accepted to ICASSP! Even better, each will be delivered at an oral session.

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Farewell, AIST

December 15, 2017

Today was my final day at AIST. I am moving to Paris to start a new post-doc at IRCAM! It’s been a wonderful three years here in Goto’s lab, and I am really grateful to everyone in the lab who helped make my time here so enjoyable.

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ISMIR in Suzhou

October 30, 2017

Last week I attended ISMIR 2017 in Suzhou, China, and once again it was an excellent conference, with a high-quality scientific program (every talk was interesting and well delivered) and top-notch hosting from the National University of Singapore: terrific food and venues, and the chartered shuttles to and from the airport saved lots of people a lot of time.

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New articles by Watanabe and Yang

January 20, 2017

Last year, I helped to advise two colleagues on separate projects, and both were recently published. The projects and first authors are: “Modeling discourse segments in lyrics using repeated patterns”, by Kento Watanabe; and “Probabilistic Transcription of Sung Melody Using a Pitch Dynamics Model” by Luwei Yang.

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Searching your YouTube history

October 4, 2016

You’ve just remembered a great video you saw on YouTube several weeks ago, and want to share it with your friend. But what was the video again?

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For more blogging, check out my Tumblr feed. It’s mostly pictures of food and mildly interesting things. Here’s a typical post from September 2016 about a burger that’s dear to my heart:

A few days after visiting McDonald’s, I got a much, much, much better tsukimi burger at 0298 Burger. See that gorgeously crisped layer above the cheese? That’s a perfectly fried egg. Simply mouthwatering.

I feel bad implying that there’s a comparison to be made between the McDonald’s food-like product and this work of art, but so be it.

I keep expecting the burgers at 0298 Burger to not be as delicious as the last time, but it hasn’t worn off at all. On this visit, I brought a friend and introduced him to the restaurant. His appetite helped drive the point home. After having an avocado cheese burger, he considered the menu again and ordered a blue cheese burger. As he waited for it, he had second thoughts (seconds thoughts?), but then it arrived, and he bit into it, and it was just as delicious as the first burger. He finished it quickly.

You know how when you’re having a steak, the meat can lose its oomph after a few bites, and you need either a pinch of salt or a swig of red wine to refresh your palette? I’m sure the folks at 0298 recognized and addressed this problem because they sell a perfect burger where every bite is as good as the first.