Xabier Sarasola


A Singing Voice Database in Basque for Statistical Singing Synthesis of Bertsolaritza
Xabier Sarasola | Eva Navas | David Tavarez | Daniel Erro | Ibon Saratxaga | Inma Hernaez
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

This paper describes the characteristics and structure of a Basque singing voice database of bertsolaritza. Bertsolaritza is a popular singing style from Basque Country sung exclusively in Basque that is improvised and a capella. The database is designed to be used in statistical singing voice synthesis for bertsolaritza style. Starting from the recordings and transcriptions of numerous singers, diarization and phoneme alignment experiments have been made to extract the singing voice from the recordings and create phoneme alignments. This labelling processes have been performed applying standard speech processing techniques and the results prove that these techniques can be used in this specific singing style.