Music data analysis book is published

The textbook on music data analysis is now published.

Weihs, C., Jannach, D., Vatolkin, I., Rudolph, G. (Eds.):
Music data analysis: foundations and applications

For the list of chapters, see

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Call for papers: GECCO 2017 in Berlin, Germany (15-19.07.2017)

The GECCO 2017 Program Committee invites the submission of technical papers describing your best work in genetic and evolutionary computation. As in previous GECCO conferences, the digital entertainment technologies and arts (DETA) track invites submissions describing original work involving the use of computation in the creative arts, including design, games, and music.

Abstracts need to be submitted by January 30, 2017. Full papers are due by the non-extensible deadline of February 6, 2017. Note that only full papers can be reviewed and accepted. The abstracts allow us to prepare better for the reviewing process.

Each paper submitted to GECCO will be rigorously evaluated in a double-blind review process. The evaluation is on a per-track basis, ensuring high interest and expertise of the reviewers. Review criteria include significance of the work, technical soundness, novelty, clarity, writing quality, and sufficiency of information to permit replication, if applicable. All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

By submitting a paper, the author(s) agree that, if their paper is accepted, they will:

  • submit a final, revised, camera-ready version to the publisher on or before the camera ready deadline,
  • register at least one author to attend the conference on or before the advance registration deadline,
  • attend the conference (at least one author), and
  • present the accepted paper at the conference.
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Course on music data analysis at TU Dortmund

In September 2016, the interdisciplinary course on music data analysis based on the textbook “Music Data Analysis: Foundations and Applications” took place at the Faculty of Statistics, TU Dortmund. The course contained lectures, exercises, and an a written examination. The participated students came from several faculties including statistics, computer science, data science, signal processing, electrical engineering, and music science. The list of lecture units (in German) is available on the course web site. In future, we plan to release the slides of the course to the SIGMA website of the book.

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Bachelor thesis on the impact of cepstral features for emotion recognition

In the thesis “Philipp Kramer: Relevanz cepstraler Merkmale für Vorhersagen im Arousal-Valence Modell auf Musiksignaldaten” (Relevance of cepstral features for predictions in arousal-valence model for music signals, PDF in German), several groups of features were analysed for the regression-based prediction of arousal and valence: cepstral, energy, timbral, harmonic/melodic, and temporal/rhythmic. Some parameters for the feature extraction were optimised, and it was shown that features from the cepstral domain belonged to the best models.

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Diploma thesis on feature processing for classification of instruments and genres

The task of the thesis “Ettiboa Adouakou: Zur Bedeutung verlaufspezifischer Merkmale bei Klassifikationsproblemen auf Musiksignaldaten” (On the meaning of time-based feature aggregation for classification of audio signal data), PDF in German) was to compare several groups of time-based feature aggregation methods (statistics, stacking, autoregressive models). Different classification methods, selected classification tasks (recognition of instruments and genres), and the variation of parameters of processing methods contributed to the study.

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Invited talk by Prof. Gerald Langner

Prof. Dr. Gerald Langner from TU Darmstadt will give a talk “Der neuronale Code von Tonhöhe, Klang und Harmonie” (The neural code of pitch, sound, and harmony) at the Institute of Music and Music Science, TU Dortmund on 6.7.2016, 14-16 PM, Emil-Figge-Str. 50, R 4.313.

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Music data analysis book can be pre-ordered now!

Weihs, C., Jannach, D., Vatolkin, I., Rudolph, G. (Eds.): Music data analysis: foundations and applications.

This book edited and co-authored by SIGMA members and several partners provides a comprehensive overview of music data analysis, from introductory material to advanced concepts. It covers various applications including transcription and segmentation as well as chord and harmony, instrument and tempo recognition. It also discusses the implementation aspects of music data analysis such as architecture, user interface and hardware. It is ideal for use in university classes with an interest in music data analysis. It also could be used in computer science and statistics as well as musicology.


  • Covers, in a comprehensive fashion, the foundations of music data analysis as well as advanced material
  • Contains all required introductory material in music, statistics and data mining
  • Shows various applications of music data analysis, including transcription and segmentation as well as chord and harmony, instrument and tempo recognition
  • Discusses implementation aspects of music data analysis, including architecture, user Interface and hardware
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    Proseminars on music data analysis and computational intelligence in games

    In winter term 2016/2017, two proseminars will take place at Chair of Algorithm Engineering, TU Dortmund:

  • “Actual challenges in music data analysis” The topics for student talks and works should represent various MIR research areas and will be selected from the proceedings of ISMIR 2015
  • “Computational intelligence in games” The topics for student talks and works will be selected mainly from the proceedings of CIG 2015 and GECCO 2015
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    UMAP paper accepted

    Jannach, D., Kamehkhosch, I., Bonnin, G.: Biases in Automated Music Playlist Generation: A Comparison of Next-Track Recommending Techniques, User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2016), Halifax, CA, 2016

    In this work, the results of a multi-metric comparison of different academic approaches and a commercial playlisting service (of The Echo Nest) are reported. The results show that all tested techniques generate playlists with certain biases, e.g., towards very popular tracks, and often create playlists continuations that are quite different from those that are created by real users.

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    Master thesis on lyrics finished

    Florian Treinat: Verwendung von Lyrics zur Generierung von Musik-Playlisten (Application of lyrics for generation of music playlists) (supervisors: Dietmar Jannach, Iman Kamehkhosh, e-Services Research Group, TU Dortmund)

    The goal of this work was to improve the quality of music recommendations with the help of lyrics. The proposed approaches are based on (a) the textual similarity and (b) the conveyed sentiment of lyrics. The results show that lyrics-based techniques are more efficient when the seed tracks (e.g., the tracks from the recent listening history of the user) are thematically related or sentimentally homogeneous.

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