What exactly is ‘music source separation’?
If you have ever stumbled across those online videos of Freddie Mercury singing what sounds like an a cappella rendition of “Another One Bites the Dust” or a version of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” featuring only Flea’s distinctive slapped bass, then you’re already familiar with the concept of music source separation.
Facebook’s research team has figured out a way to do that “with an uncanny level of accuracy”. The technique is called “Demucs” (a portmanteau from “deep extractor for music sources”) and it’s out-performing other methods (spectogram analysis being the primary) by quite a bit. Code here.