ICML 2020
Conference paper

Unsupervised speech decomposition via triple information bottleneck

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Speech information can be roughly decomposed into four components: language content, timbre, pitch, and rhythm. Obtaining disentangled representations of these components is useful in many speech analysis and generation applications. Recently, state-of-the-art voice conversion systems have led to speech representations that can disentangle speaker-dependent and independent information. However, these systems can only disentangle timbre, while information about pitch, rhythm and content is still mixed together. Further disentangling the remaining speech components is an under-determined problem in the absence of explicit annotations for each component, which are diffcult and expensive to obtain. In this paper, we propose SPEECHFLOW, which can blindly decompose speech into its four components by introducing three carefully designed information bottlenecks. SPEECHFLOW is among the frst algorithms that can separately perform style transfer on timbre, pitch and rhythm without text labels. Our code is publicly available at SpeechSplit.



ICML 2020