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Matlab scripts accompanying the book "An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis" ( The source code shows example implementations of basic approaches, features, and algorithms for music audio content analysis.

All implementations are also available in:


The top-level functions are (alphabetical):

The names of the additional functions follow the following conventions:

The auto-generated documentation can be found here.

design principles

Please note that the provided code examples are only intended to showcase algorithmic principles – they are not entirely suitable for practical usage without parameter optimization and additional algorithmic tuning. Rather, they intend to show how to implement audio analysis solutions and to facilitate algorithmic understanding to enable the reader to design and implement their own analysis approaches.

minimal dependencies

The required dependencies are reduced to a minimum, more specifically to only the signal processing toolbox, for the following reasons:

  • accessibility, i.e., clear algorithmic implementation from scratch without obfuscation by using 3rd party implementations,
  • maintainability through independence of 3rd party code.


Consistent variable naming and formatting, as well as the choice for simple implementations allow for easier parsing. The readability of the source code will sometimes come at the cost of lower performance.

cross-language comparability

All code is matched exactly with Python implementations and the equations in the book. This also means that the code might violate typical style conventions in order to be consistent.

related repositories and links

The source code in this repository is matched with corresponding source code in the Python repository. C++ implementations with identical functionality can be found in the C++ repository.

Other, related repositories are

  • ACA-Slides: slide decks for teaching and learning audio content analysis
  • ACA-Plots: Matlab scripts for generating all plots in the book and slides

The main entry point to all book-related information is


The documentation can be found at

getting started

example 1: computation and plot of the Spectral Centroid

% read audio file from cWavePath
[x, f_s] = audioread(cWavePath);

% compute SpectralCentroid
[v_sc, t] = ComputeFeature('SpectralCentroid', x, f_s);

% plot result
plot(t, v_sc), grid on, xlabel('t'), ylabel('v_sc')