Pachet, F. Laburthe, A., Zils, A., Aucouturier, J.-J. Popular Music Access: The Sony Music Browser. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 55(12):1037 - 1044, 2004.

Sony CSL authors: Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Amaury La Burthe, François Pachet, Aymeric Zils


The intentionally ambiguous expression "Popular Music Browser” reflects the two main goals of this project, which started in 1998, at Sony CSL laboratory. First, we are interested in human-centered issues related to browsing “Popular Music”. Popular here means that the music accessed to is widely distributed, and known to many listeners. Second, we consider “popular browsing” of music, i.e. making music accessible to non specialists (music lovers), and allowing sharing of musical tastes and information within communities, departing from the usual, single user view of digital libraries. This research project covers all areas of the music-to-listener chain, from music description - descriptor extraction from the music signal, or data mining techniques -, similarity based access and novel music retrieval methods such as automatic sequence generation, and user interface issues. This paper describes the scientific and technical issues at stake, and the results obtained, and is illustrated by prototypes developed within the European IST project Cuidado.

Keywords: Cuidado, Music Browser, audio descriptors


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@ARTICLE { pachet:02a, AUTHOR="Pachet, F. Laburthe, A., Zils, A., Aucouturier, J.-J.", JOURNAL="Journal of the American Society for Information Science", NUMBER="12", PAGES="1037 - 1044", TITLE="Popular Music Access: The Sony Music Browser", VOLUME="55", YEAR="2004", }