Discussion of issues in theoretical and applied research and development in Music Information Retrieval, related announcements, etc.

This is the mailing list of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval. It was established in 2002 so as to provide an informal forum for the discussion of issues in theoretical and applied research and development in this emerging field, for the dissemination of related announcements, in particular about further ISMIR conferences, etc.

Typical topics of interest, inasmuch as they relate to music information retrieval, are:

  • Formal models of music and their digital representations
  • Music digital libraries (design, use)
  • Music indexing and metadata (authoring and generation)
  • Music recognition (printed, audio)
  • Music representation, coding, language modelling
  • Musical styles and genres
  • Music summarization
  • Music similarity metrics (perceptual criteria such as pitch, rhythm, timbre; musical criteria such as form, genre, etc.)
  • Query languages for music IR (expressiveness, complexity)
  • Routing and filtering for music and music queries
  • Standards (metadata schema, XML, MPEG, Dublin Core, *MARC, Z39.50) and other metadata or protocols for music information retrieval (CDDB, )
  • User interfaces
  • Socio-cultural aspects
  • Systems issues (performance, compression, scalability, databases, architecture, distributed search, multi-agent systems, mobile applications)
  • Validation (user needs and expectations, evaluation of music IR systems, building test collections, experimental design and metrics)
  • Intellectual property rights issues (nationally and internationally)
  • Business models and experience

The ISMIR Conferences Web sites, including the online proceedings from all previous conferences, can be found at the collective site.