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CfP: Multimedia Technologies for Enriched Music Performance, Production, and Consumption

Publication: Jan. Mar. 2017
Submission deadline: Feb. 1st 2016

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I am co-editing, together with my colleagues Cynthia Liem and George Tzanetakis,  a special issue on IEEE Multimedia related to music.

Internet access, mobile devices, social networks, and automated multimedia technologies enabling sophisticated information analysis and access have radically changed the ways in which people find entertainment, discover new interests, and generally express themselves online — seemingly without any physical or social barriers. Thanks to the increasing affordability of sensing, storage, and sharing, we note that information takes increasingly rich and hybrid multimedia forms, in which multimodal information streams co-occur in various social consumption settings.

This phenomenon also has enabled opportunities in the music domain. In music performance, novel opportunities for expression are found, exploiting (live) analysis and novel interaction mechanisms with musical data in multiple modalities. In music production, sophisticated multimedia data analysis techniques can both lead to more efficient and scalable workflows, as well as richer and better interfaces. In music consumption, the music data richness and its contextual and social embedding lead to novel consumer experiences stimulating music appreciation. Concerts turn into multimodal, multiperspective, and multilayer digital artifacts that can be easily explored, customized, personalized, (re)enjoyed and shared among various types of users; similar notions and opportunities hold for the consumption of general music recordings.

The goal of this special Issue is to gather state-of-the-art research on multimedia methods and technologies aimed at enriching music performance, production and consumption. We solicit novel, original work that is not published or under review elsewhere.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing of multimodal music data streams (e.g. audio, video, images, score, text, gesture…) for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Multimedia content description and indexing for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Multimedia information retrieval methods for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Novel interaction mechanisms for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Novel user interfaces for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Novel user experience paradigms for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Social networking and sharing for music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Digital mechanisms for remote music performers and audiences
  • Active listening, audience immersion, and inclusion of new music audiences
  • User-awareness, personalization and intent in music performance, production and/or consumption
  • Context-awareness and automatic context adaptation in music performance, production and/or consumption

Submission Guidelines

See Submissions should not exceed 6,500 words, with each table and figure counting for 200 words. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically (, selecting this special issue option.

Guest Editors

Detailed call for papers

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Computational Ethnomusicology and FMA (3rd IW on Folk Music Analysis)

Over the last few years, there has been an increasing interest in the study of music from different traditions from a computational perspective. Researchers with interests in this area have been meeting at the ISMIR conferences and communicate through an interest group in computational ethnomusicology, ethnocomp.

My interests started in 2008, with a study about how tonal features, extracted from music audio signals, can be useful to automatically organize music recordings from different traditions. It basically consisted on characterizing the scale by means of high-resolution HPCP features and combining these features with timbre and rhythm descriptors. As a result, we established some relationships between audio features and geography in our ISMIR2009 paper on Music and geography: content description of musical audio from different parts of the world. After that, I got interested in MIR and Flamenco music, and I have been working in a system for the automatic transcription of flamenco singing, thanks to the COFLA project. This is a challenging task, that will require a dedicated post!

ethnocomp has always been a small community, and two years ago we had the first event devoted to this research area, the first Folk Music Analysis (FMA) workshop that took place in Athens, Greece. Last year I had the chance of co-organizing the 2nd FMA in Seville, my home town, which was jointly organized with a conference on flamenco research. At the last ISMIR in Porto, we could see an increasing interest in this small field, and there was a large number of people attending the ethnocomp ‘dinner?. Moreover, at my research group, my boss Xavier Serra is leading an ERC grant dealing with MIR and traditional music, compmusic. I am very happy that this field gets more attention, and that we address the fact that all our technology has been designed for Western popular music. There is much work to do to develop culture-specific or culture-aware tools.

I then hope that this year’s FMA, which will take place in Amsterdam, will be a success! I am sure it will be a truly interdisciplinary event, gathering people from ethnomusicology, music performance and music information retrieval.

Topics include:
– Computational ethnomusicology
– Retrieval systems for non-western and folk musics
– New methods for music transcription
– Formalization of musical data
– Folk music classification systems
– Models of oral transmission of music
– Cognitive modelling of music
– Aesthetics and related philosophical issues
– Methodological issues
– Representational issues and models
– Audio and symbolic representations
– Formal and computational music analysis

Important dates:
3 February 2013: Deadline for abstract submissions
10 March 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection of submissions
5 May 2013: Deadline for submission of revised abstracts or full papers
6 and 7 June: Workshop

Don’t miss it!!!!

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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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8th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing 13-15 June 2011, Madrid, Spain

Registration is now open for CBMI 2011 in Madrid, Spain. An exciting technical program has been set up, including invited lectures and demonstrations, to show the latest research results in Content-Based Multimedia Indexing. We strongly invite all interested researchers to register and participate in the workshop. More details are available on the workshop web site.

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