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Research Axis: Musical Information Retrieval

Musical Information Retrieval, Archiving and Analysis (RA3)

This theme concerns digital archiving of musical information (sound, graphics or text), cataloguing of meta-data concerning this information in databases, and techniques for searching the information in a single archive or a network of archives distributed across several libraries. Techniques are developed for nondestructive scanning and digital reconstitution of old recording media and for engines to perform automatic music classification and perceptually relevant searches in musical databases.

Participating members:

Ichiro Fujinaga*, Co-Leader (McGill University)
Jon Wild*, Co-Leader (McGill University)

Marc Battier (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Karlheinz Brandenburg (Technische Universität Ilmenau)
Andy Costello
Julie Cumming* (McGill University)
Douglas Eck*  (Google Research)
Martha De Francisco (McGill University)
Catherine Guastavino (McGill University)
Robert Hasegawa (McGill University)
Richard King (McGill University)
Audrey Laplante (Université de Montréal)
George Massenburg (McGill University)
Michael Mcguffin (ETS)
Cory McKay (Marianopolis College)
Joel Miller
Nils Peters (International Computer Science Institute)
Fred Rees (IUPUI)
René Rusch (McGill University)
Peter Schubert (McGill University)
Godfried Toussaint* (McGill University)
Pierre Alexandre Tremblay
Wieslaw Woszczyk (McGill University)


Student coordinators:

Hubert Léveillé Gauvin

Past co-leaders and student coordinators


Recent research funding sources: CFI, Daniel Langlois Foundation, FQRNT, FQRSC, Richard Tomlinson Digital Library Innovation and Access Award, SSHRC/CURA

Video archives:

Musical information archiving and retrieval - axis overview


Related Research Projects:


Spectral music in France and Canada, 1975-2010
Spectral music in France and Canada, 1975-2010
Project coordination: Robert Hasegawa

Building a database of North Indian Kathak dance movements with tabla accompaniment, and their associated vocalizations
Building a database of North Indian Kathak dance movements with tabla accompaniment, and their associated vocalizations
Project coordination: Isabelle Cossette

Psychological foundations for a theory of orchestration
Psychological foundations for a theory of orchestration
Project coordination: Denys Bouliane; Stephen McAdams

Temporal coordination in vocal duet performances of musical rounds
Temporal coordination in vocal duet performances of musical rounds
Project coordination: Caroline Palmer

Electronic Locator of Vertical Interval Successions (ELVIS): The first large data-driven research project on musical style
Electronic Locator of Vertical Interval Successions (ELVIS): The first large data-driven research project on musical style
Project coordination: Julie Cumming

Acoustic space sampling & the grand piano in a non-anechoic environment: a recordist-centric approach to a musical acoustic study
Acoustic space sampling & the grand piano in a non-anechoic environment: a recordist-centric approach to a musical acoustic study
Project coordination: Martha de Francisco

Single interface for music score searching and analysis
Single interface for music score searching and analysis

Recognition of distorted melodies
Recognition of distorted melodies
Project coordination: Catherine Guastavino; Daniel Levitin

Optical music recognition of plainchant
Optical music recognition of plainchant

Effect of rhythmic distortion on melody recognition
Effect of rhythmic distortion on melody recognition
Project coordination: Catherine Guastavino; Daniel Levitin

Tracing the evolution of harmonic idioms in popular music through the late twentieth century
Tracing the evolution of harmonic idioms in popular music through the late twentieth century

Open Orchestra
Open Orchestra
Project coordination: Wieslaw Woszczyk

Les techniques vocales du repertoire microtonale historique adaptées à la pratique moderne
Les techniques vocales du repertoire microtonale historique adaptées à la pratique moderne

Evaluation perceptive de la qualité audio
Evaluation perceptive de la qualité audio

Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound: The biological foundations of music
Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound: The biological foundations of music

Perceptual evaluations of mp3 compression
Perceptual evaluations of mp3 compression
Project coordination: Catherine Guastavino; Daniel Levitin

Perception of rhythmic similarity in flamenco music
Perception of rhythmic similarity in flamenco music

Documentation and Preservation of Media Art Heritage
Documentation and Preservation of Media Art Heritage: Research and Case Studies
Project coordination: Ichiro Fujinaga

Music recommendation engine
Music recommendation engine