Separating Vocals in Recorded Music at Spotify with Eric Humphrey

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In today's show, I sit down with Eric Humphrey, Research Scientist in the music understanding group at Spotify. Eric was at the Deep Learning Summit to give a talk on Advances in Deep Architectures and Methods for Separating Vocals in Recorded Music.

We discuss his talk, including how Spotify's large music catalog enables such an experiment to even take place, the methods they use to train algorithms to isolate and remove vocals from music, and how architectures like U-Net and Pix2Pix come into play when building his algorithms. We also hit on the idea of "creative AI," Spotify's attempt at understanding music content at scale, optical music recognition, and more.

This show is part of a series of shows recorded at the RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit in Montreal back in October. This was a great event and, in fact, their next event, the Deep Learning Summit San Francisco is right around the corner on January 25th and 26th, and will feature more leading researchers and technologists like the ones you'll hear here on the show this week, including Ian Goodfellow of Google Brain, Daphne Koller of Calico Labs, and more! Definitely check it out and use the code TWIMLAI for 20% off of registration.

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