Music Information Retrieval

Music Information Retrieval

Alicja A. Wieczorkowska (Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-010-3.ch216
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Abstract

Music information retrieval (MIR) is a multi-disciplinary research on retrieving information from music, see Fig. 1. This research involves scientists from traditional, music and digital libraries, information science, computer science, law, business, engineering, musicology, cognitive psychology and education (Downie, 2001).
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Music information retrieval (MIR) is a multi-disciplinary research on retrieving information from music, see Fig. 1. This research involves scientists from traditional, music and digital libraries, information science, computer science, law, business, engineering, musicology, cognitive psychology and education (Downie, 2001).

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Topics of MIR

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Various types of music data are investigated in MIR research. Basic techniques of digital sound analysis come from speech processing, focused on automatic speech recognition and speaker identification (Foote, 1999). The obtained sound descriptors can be applied to facilitate content-based searching of music databases.

The issue of representation of music and multimedia information in a form that allows interpretation of the information’s meaning is addressed by MPEG-7 standard, named Multimedia Content Description Interface. MPEG-7 provides a rich set of standardized tools to describe multimedia content through metadata, i.e. data about data, and music information description has been also taken into account in this standard (International Organization for Standardization, 2003).

The following topics are investigated within MIR domain:

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