After one year of hard work we finished our paper (152 pages, 311 references!) on Music Information Retrieval: Recent Developments and Applications. I collaborated with Markus Schedl and Julián Urbano in this amazing project at Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval (h-index=15, Q1 Computer Science). We tried to cover all existing techniques, approaches and key references in MIR, and to reflect the interest of our community on combining audio description, context mining, user modelling and proper evaluation methodologies.
We hope it will be an interesting reference for our community, and we also hope this paper can serve to motivate and introduce people outside or our field.
I would really like to thank the anonymous reviewers and the editor, Mark Sanderson. I don’t know who the reviewers are but I think they deserve being in the author list! Great suggestions, discussions, restructuring, editions for a great outcome.
Music Information Retrieval: Recent Developments and Applications surveys the young but established field of research that is Music Information Retrieval (MIR). In doing so, it pays particular attention to the latest developments in MIR, such as semantic auto-tagging and user-centric retrieval and recommendation approaches.
Music Information Retrieval: Recent Developments and Applications starts by reviewing the well-established and proven methods for feature extraction and music indexing, from both the audio signal and contextual data sources about music items, such as web pages or collaborative tags. These in turn enable a wide variety of music retrieval tasks, such as semantic music search or music identification (“query by example”). Subsequently, it elaborates on the current work on user analysis and modeling in the context of music recommendation and retrieval, addressing the recent trend towards user-centric and adaptive approaches and systems. A discussion follows about the important aspect of how various MIR approaches to different problems are evaluated and compared. It concludes with a discussion about the major open challenges facing MIR.
Music Information Retrieval: Recent Developments and Applications is an invaluable reference for researchers, students or practitioners working on, or with an interest in MIR.