Computer Music Seminar 2 (MUMT611)

Music Information Acquisition, Preservation, and Retrieval

Course Description

This seminar will investigate the current research activities in the area of music information retrieval. The goal is discovering ways to efficiently find and retrieve musical information. Although the field is relatively new, it encompasses various music disciplines including music analysis, music education, music history, music theory, music psychology, and audio signal processing.
Each student will be expected to present various music information retrieval topics along with literature reviews. Each presentation should be accompanied by web pages created by the presenter. Final project may consist of software development, a theoretical paper, or an extended review paper. Class format will be presentations followed by discussions.
Potential topics include: Themefinder, MELDEX, Cantus, audio content analysis and search, web crawling, melodic similarities, computer-aided transcription, timbre recognition, speech / music separation, P2P technologies (Gnutella, BitTorrent), audio and music formats (MPEG-4/7/21, MP3, XML, GUIDO), and Web Services.

Instructor: Ichiro Fujinaga


Office Hours:
E506, 550 Sherbrooke W.
By appointment

Course Detail

Mark Distribution




Thursdays 1:35 pm - 4:25 pm

A-510 (music library)

Passion for music

  • 50% Assignments
  • 10% Participation  
  • 40% Final project

Assignment Policy

  • All assignments are due at midnight of the due date.
  • Late assignments within 48 hours past the deadline will be given either D or F.
  • Assignments submitted after 48 hours past the deadline will be given F.
  • All electronic submissions of written documents should be in PDF format.

Course Outline

Created: 2004.12.25 Modified: Ichiro Fujinaga
McGill Crest