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Music Similarity: Concepts, Cognition and Computation

Last week I attended a workshop on Music Similarity (Concepts, cognition and computation) held at the Lorentz Center (International Center for Workshops in the Sciences) in Leiden, Netherlands. The Lorentz Center is an international center that coordinates and hosts workshops in the sciences, based on the philosophy that science thrives on interaction between creative researchers. Lorentz Center workshops focus on new collaborations and interactions between scientists from different countries and fields, and with varying seniority.

As a contrast from the photo showed on their web, only female researchers working in music from different perspectives organized this workshop, which is already noticeable in our field:

They represent the different disciplines covered in the workshop:

  • Conceptual and computational aspects in music similarity
  • Music similarity and cognition
  • Music similarity in practice

The program was a combination of plenary presentation of different topics, discussion sessions in small groups and large groups, long breaks for lunch, coffee combined with interaction among participants, and nice social activities.

I enjoyed a lot this event, as it was a nice mixture of colleagues I already knew, researchers I had read their work but not met personally and new students with fresh ideas.

I focused my presentation on the applications of music similarity measures in Music Information Retrieval and the challenges of “building real applications for real people”. You can find my slides here:

And some photos here:

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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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Symposium on audio and multimedia signal processing, CMNE 2011

I am co-organizing, together with Rui Pedro Paiva (University of Coimbra) a symposium in Audio and Multimedia Signal Processing that I hope will be a nice event. The conference (CMNE) is targeted towards master and PhD students presenting their new ideas and advancements on the field, and is willing to foster collaborations between Spain and Portugal. I attach the call for papers here, I hope it will be a success, mainly for researchers from Spain and Portugal! In addition, it takes place in the wonderful city of Coimbra in Portugal. 

This is the first time I am writing a call for papers in English, Spanish and Portuguese, I hope there are not big mistakes!


The forthcoming Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering – CMNE 2011 will take place in Coimbra (Portugal), from 14-17 June, and is organized by the APMTAC - Associação Portuguesa de Mecânica Teórica, Aplicada e Computacional in association with SEMNI – Sociedad Española de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería, as a result of a longstanding collaboration between the two Institutions.

This initiative should lead to a deepening of the collaboration and scientific understanding of Spain and Portugal within the Numerical Methods framework.

CMNE 2011 (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011) will be the ideal forum to air the most recent advances and future trends in numerical and computational methods in Engineering. It is open to students and experts interested in their development and application.  (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/brochura_CMNE2011.pdf).

Mini-symposium in "Audio and Multimedia Signal Processing": co-organized by Rui Pedro Paiva (Univ. Coimbra) and Emilia Gómez (Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona).

Topics: Music Information Retrieval (focusing on audio signal processing) and other areas related to audio and multimedia signal processing.

We encourage the submission of works by master and PhD students even in a preliminary phase. 

Abstract submission:
Abstract should have a maximum length of 250 words. A template is available at http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/pt/area_autores.htm, as well as indications for abstract submission.

- Abstract submission: 30th of November, 2010.
- Notification of acceptance: 30th of January, 2011.
- Final paper submission: 31st of March, 2011. 

CMNE2011 Executive Comission

     António Tadeu                       António Rodríguez-Ferran
     Isabel Figueiredo                   Ignasi Colominas
     Luís Filipe Menezes               Jesus M.Blanco
     APMTAC                              SEMNI 

P.S. Appologies for cross-posting.


El próximo Congresso de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería - CMNE 2011 tendrá lugar en Coimbra, del 14 a 17 de Junio de 2010, cimentando una extensa colaboració entre la APMTAC - Associação Portuguesa de Mecânica Teórica, Aplicada e Computacional y la SEMNI - Sociedad Española de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería.

Esta iniciativa permitirá profundizar la colaboración y el entendimiento científico entre España y Portugal, en el ámbito de los métodos numéricos en ingeniería.

El CMNE 2011 (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011) constituirá, por tanto, un fórum de discursión de los avances más recientes y direcciones futuras de los métodos numéricos y computacionales en ingeniería, abierto a investigadores, estudiantes y profesionales interesados en su desarrollo y aplicación (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/brochura_CMNE2011.pdf).

Mini-simposyum en "Procesado de señal audio y multimedia":
Convidamos a todos los colegas interesados en enviar un resumen de trabajo para representar en éste mini-symposium, co-organizado por Rui Pedro Paiva (Univ. Coimbra) y Emilia Gómez (Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona).

Temas del Symposium:
Se dará particular importancia a trabajos en el área de Music Information Retrieval (en especial sub-áreas más relacionadas con el procesado de señales audio). Serán también considerados trabajos en otras áreas de procesado de audio y multimedia.

Se incentiva la presentación de trabajos de estudiantes de máster y doctorado, incluso en su fase preliminar.

Envío de Resúmenes:
Los resúmenes deben tener un máximo de 250 palabras, encontrándose disponible un template CMNE 2011 en  http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/pt/area_autores.htm (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/pt/area_autores.htm), así como las instrucciones para su envío electrónico.

- Fecha límite de envío de resúmenes: 30 de Noviembre de 2010.
- Comunicación de aceptación: 30 de Enero de 2011.
- Envío de artículo en su versión final: 31 de Marzo de 2011. 

Comisión Directiva del CMNE2011

     António Tadeu                       António Rodríguez-Ferran
     Isabel Figueiredo                   Ignasi Colominas
     Luís Filipe Menezes               Jesus M.Blanco
     APMTAC                               SEMNI 

P.S. Pedimos disculpas por la recepción de la presente información por duplicado.


O próximo Congresso de Métodos Numéricos em Engenharia - CMNE 2011 decorrerá em Coimbra, de 14 a 17 de Junho, cimentando uma franca colaboração entre a APMTAC - Associação Portuguesa de Mecânica Teórica, Aplicada e Computacional e a SEMNI - Sociedad Española de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería.
Pretende-se que ele permita o aprofundamento da colaboração e entendimento científico entre Portugal e Espanha, no âmbito dos métodos numéricos em engenharia.
O CMNE 2011 (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011 (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011)) constituirá, pois, um fórum de discussão dos avanços mais recentes e direcções futuras dos métodos numéricos e computacionais em engenharia, aberto a investigadores, estudantes e profissionais interessados no seu desenvolvimento e aplicação.  Descarregue a brochura do CMNE 2011, em PDF (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/brochura_CMNE2011.pdf (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/brochura_CMNE2011.pdf) ).

Mini-simpósio em "Processamento de sinal aúdio e multimédia":
Convidam-se todos os colegas interessados a submeter o resumo de um possível trabalho para apresentação no mini-simpósio "Processamento de sinal aúdio e multimédia" deste congresso, co-organizado por Rui Pedro Paiva (Univ. Coimbra) e Emilia Gómez (Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona).

Tópicos do Simpósio:
Será dada particular importância a submissões na área de Music Information Retrieval (em especial nas sub-áreas com maior envolvência de processamento de sinais áudio). Serão também consideradas submissões noutras áreas de processamento de sinal áudio e multimédia.

São incentivadas submissões de trabalhos de estudantes de doutoramento e mestrado. São encorajados trabalhos ainda em fase preliminar.

Submissão de Resumos:
Os resumos poderão ser preparados com um máximo de 250 palavras, encontrando-se disponível para download o template do CMNE 2011 em  http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/pt/area_autores.htm (http://www.itecons.uc.pt/cmne2011/pt/area_autores.htm) , bem como as instruções para a sua submissão electrónica.

- Data‑limite para submissão de resumos: 30 de Novembro de 2010.
- Comunicação da aceitação: 30 de Janeiro de 2011.
- Entrega da versão final do artigo: 31 de Março de 2011.

A Comissão Directiva do CMNE2011

     António Tadeu                       António Rodríguez-Ferran
     Isabel Figueiredo                   Ignasi Colominas
     Luís Filipe Menezes                 Jesus M.Blanco
     APMTAC                               SEMNI

P.S. Pedimos desculpa caso tenha recebido a presente informação em duplicado

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CBMI call for papers

I belong to the technical programme committee of the 9th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing.  It’s an interesting event taking place in Madrid this June!

Selected papers will appear, after extension and peer-review, in a special issue of Multimedia Tools and Applications.

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INFLA 2010

Last week I attended a small conference on flamenco research in Seville: INvestigacion y FLAmenco (INFLA 2010). It’s the second edition of an interdisciplinary conference on flamenco research, and one of the few existing ones devoted to flamenco music. I took part as a organizer and scientific committee member.

There were presentations related to flamenco research from a varied set of disciplines including (ethno)musicology, literature, medicine, computer science and music education. In addition, the conference included two concerts as side activities of the Flamenco Bienal, one of the most relevant flamenco events in Seville. Researchers came mainly from Spain but also from USA, France and Mexico. The conference was in spanish.

It was an enriching event, although there were many different approaches and methodologies followed, it’s sometimes difficult to understand everything. I particulary enjoyed a talk on a practical approach to flamenco music in primary education. The author has developped a blog for teaching flamenco in primary education, which includes a set of activities and teaching material.

I also liked a talk on flamenco dancing and interaction between flamenco performers. Finally, I was very interested on a study on the use of semiotic analysis to study the origin and evolution of the “petenera” style, by JM Hernández Jaramillo and Lénica Reyes. They have developed a computational model that analyses scores. I hope they will publish this work soon.

We also had a presentation of the COFLA project by Paco Gómez.

I hope there will be more editions of this conference, I will definitively contribute to it!

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Noticia sobre el SMC2010

There are now some announcements in my institutions related to the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2010. This one is in catalan at ESMUC web site, and it’s related to the concert that our Laptop Orchestra will give at SMC. Don’t miss it!

L’Orquestra de Portàtils de l’ESMUC conclourà la setena conferència de l’SMC

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News at UPF web site about the SMC

The UPF web site published on their web site a news on the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2010, that will take place at my University this week. I am one of the three Scientific Programme Chairs.

La setena edició del Sound and Music Computing estarà organitzada pel GTM

I will miss it as I am currently in Montreal, but I hope everyone will enjoy the nice program both in terms of scientific presentations, concerts and social activities.

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I am scientific programme co-chair of the 7th Sound and Music Computing Conference, that will take place in Barcelona from 21-24th July. If you have a look at the list of accepted presentations and concerts you will see that it will be a great event!

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