Everyone is familiar with the cocktail party effect. When chatting in a crowded space, humans can focus on a particular speaker’s voice, while filtering out other voices and noise.
We do this without really thinking about it, effortlessly. But it turns out to be a surprisingly difficult problem to solve for a machine.
However, a team at the University of Sussex have developed a technique to separate a singer’s voice from the music in songs. Karaoke anyone?