CFP. Journal of New Music Research: Special Issue in Computational Ethnomusicology

Hi! I am happy to announce an special issue I will be co-editing with Perfecto Herrera and Paco Gómez.


Since the beginning of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) as a field,
most of its models and technologies have been developed for mainstream
popular music in the so-called “Western” tradition. The term Western
is generally employed to denote most of the cultures of European
origin and most of their descendants.

Over the last few years, there has been an increasing interest in
applying available techniques to the study of traditional, folk or
ethnic music. Ethnomusicologists, music theorists and practitioners,
among others, could be considerably benefit from this research.

Although computational techniques have been proved to be of great
interest when applied to different musical repertoires, it is apparent
that we need to develop culture-specific techniques and algorithms to
understand, model, and process different music repertoires.

In order to gather relevant, high-quality research on computational
methods and applications in ethnomusicology, the prestigious Journal
of New Music Research will host a Special Issue on Computational
Ethnomusicology to appear in 2013.


We invite contributions describing the use of computational tools to
model ethnic, folk or traditional music repertoires, including, but
not limited to:

• Music transcription and notation.
• Music signal processing.
• Intonation, melody and motives.
• Harmony, tonality, scale analysis.
• Rhythm, tempo, rhythmic patterns.
• Timbre, instrumentation and voice.
• Music similarity.
• Performance analysis.
• Emotion and aesthetics.
• Genre, style and mood.
• Libraries, archives and digital collections.
• Evaluation and annotation issues.
• Preservation and restoration of historical recordings.
• Culture- specific taxonomies and ontologies.

Submissions must pose and describe the music problem thoroughly, a
deep account of the methods employed, and a comprehensive and critical
evaluation of results. Authors can use any musical representation
(e.g. symbolic or audio data) for their studies.


Submissions must follow the style and formatting guidelines of the
Journal of New Music Research, and must be submitted through the
Journal’s Manuscript Central Site (not to the editors directly) at On the Manuscript Type menu,
authors should indicate “SI – Computational Ethnomusicology”.

Submissions should be roughly 6,000 words in length. This corresponds
roughly to 16 pages using latex fullpage/12pt/a4paper/doublespacing.
To be considered for the Special Issue, submissions must be received
no later than June 20th, 2012.


• June 20, 2012 deadline for manuscript submission
• October 5, 2012 responses to authors
• December 5, 2012 camera ready papers due
• June 2013 Special Issue in print

Questions and queries regarding the suitability of topics/research to
the Special Issue should be directed to the Guest Editors:

• Emilia Gómez (
• Perfecto Herrera (
Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Sonology
Department, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
• Francisco Gómez (, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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