Pachet, F. and Cazaly, D. A Taxonomy of Musical Genre. In Centre des Hautes Etudes Internationales d'Informatique Documentaire - C.I.D, editor, Proceedings of Content-Based Multimedia Information Access (RIAO) Conference, vol. 2, pages 1238-1246, Collège de France, Paris, 2000 Translation in Finnish available at http://www.designcontest.com/show/sony-downloads-fi

Sony CSL authors: François Pachet

Abstract

The recent progress of Electronic Music Distribution creates a natural pressure for fine-grained musical metadata. This metadata is needed to provide music distribution services which are able to cope with the mere size of music catalogues, and the desire of users to access music titles by similarity. In this context, we describe a project of a global music title metadatabase, and focus in the particular “genre” descriptor. We analyze existing taxonomies of musical genre as found in the music industry and on the Internet, and stress on their inconsistencies. We describe a novel music genre taxonomy based on a few guiding principles, and report on the process of building this taxonomy.

Keywords: metadata, classification, genre

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@INPROCEEDINGS { pachet:00e, ADDRESS="Collège de France, Paris", AUTHOR="Pachet, F. and Cazaly, D.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of Content-Based Multimedia Information Access (RIAO) Conference", EDITOR="Centre des Hautes Etudes Internationales d'Informatique Documentaire - C.I.D", NOTE="Translation in Finnish available at http://www.designcontest.com/show/sony-downloads-fi", PAGES="1238-1246", TITLE="A Taxonomy of Musical Genre", VOLUME="2", YEAR="2000", }