Music Technology Seminar (MUMT621)

Music Information Acquisition, Preservation, and Retrieval

Outline for Winter 2018

ISMIR Paper submission deadline: 23 March 2017 (topics)




HTML presentations (20 min)

  • Andrew: MusicBrainz
  • Matan: Million Song Dataset
  • Yulia: IMSLP
  • Alex: Music visualization
  • Zeyu: Music pools
  • Néstor: MIDI databases
  • Classifiers (genre, instrument, mood, performer, composer, rhythm, beat tracking, etc.)

Slide-based presentation I

  • Andrew: DSD
  • Matan: MP3
  • Yulia: ATRAC
  • Alex: Ogg/Vorbis
  • Zeyu: Embedded metadata in audio files
  • Néstor: MusicXML

Slide-based presentation II

  • Zeyu: Audio feature extraction
  • Matan: SVM
  • Andrew: Gaussian Mixture Models
  • Alex: Neural Nets
  • Yulia: Dynamic programming
  • Néstor: HMM

  • Reading Week: No class

Slide-based presentation III

  • Alex: Beat-boxing transcription
  • Andrew: Audio fingerprinting
  • Matan: Score following
  • Zeyu: Audio segmentation



Final project proposal due

  • Yulia: Beat/tempo tracking
  • Néstor: Piano music transcription


Evaluation of MIR: MIREX



Slide-based presentation IV

  • Andrew: Image analysis for music information retrieval
  • Matan: Symbolic music search and analysis tools
  • Zeyu: Automatic mixing systems
  • Néstor: Audio and symbolic key detection
  • Yulia: Onset detection
  • Alex: Drum-set transcription

Final project bibliography due

Final project presentation

  • Alex: Testing the automatic translation of OMR software
  • Matan: A graphical music query language
  • Néstor: Key-finding algorithm based on HMM
  • Zeyu: Where is the Drop?: Segment boundary detection in Electronic Dance Music
  • Andrew: Extracting aesthetics from J-Pop for music recommendation
  • Yulia: Mendelssohn’s Stringendo (Op. 65/3) as a challenge for beat-tracking systems


Assignment #1 (Due 01/23) 4%

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HTML presentation of existing music databases. Describe the content, history, and uses of the database (20 min.):

Assignment #2 (Due 02/06) 6% Slide-based presentation I (20 min.)
  • Slide-based presentation of MPEG formats (MPEG1, MPEG4, MPEG7, MPEG21), Ogg Vorbis / Opus, symbolic formats (MEI, MusicXML, etc.), or audio compression techniques
  • Annotated bibliography HTML page or PDF (use links, if a vial able) (Chicago style, Documentation II: Author-Date References, 16th edition)

Assignment #3 (Due 2/20) 10% Slide-based presentation II (20 min.)
  • Slide-based presentation of review of topics related to classifiers, e.g.: Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines, Gaussian Mixture Models, Hidden Markov Models, AdaBoost, or Dynamic Programming; include music information retrieval applications.
  • Written summary (2–3 pages) with an annotated bibliography (Chicago style, Documentation II: Author-Date References,17th edition)

Assignment #4 (Due 03/13) 10% Slide-based presentation III (20 min.)
  • Slide-based presentation on topics of transcription, recognition, annotation, and classification. It may include general review of transcription systems (monophonic, polyphonic, separation): Beat-box transcription, singing transcription, beat/tempo tracking using audio, beat/tempo tracking using MIDI, blackboard polyphonic transcription, Goto's works, historical overviews, real-time pitch tracking, piano music transcription, timbre recognition, genre classification, review of a component of jMIR.
  • Written summary (2–3 pages) with an extensive bibliography (Chicago style, Documentation II: Author-Date References, 17th edition)

Assignment #5 (Due 03/20) 5%
  • Final project proposal (1–2 pages with a partial bibliography in Chicago style, Documentation II: Author-Date References, 17th edition; include sub goals)

Assignment #6 (Due 04/03) 10% Slide-based presentation IV (20 min.)
  • Slide-based presentation on review of topics related to similarity, query systems, recommendation / playlist systems, or exploratory research on topics related to your final project.
  • Written summary (2–3 pages) with an extensive bibliography (Chicago style, Documentation II: Author-Date References: 17th edition)

Assignment #7 (Due 04/10) 5%

  • Final project presentation (10 min.)
  • Final project abstract (1 page) with a full bibliography (Chicago style, Documentation II: Author-Date References, 17th edition)

Final project (Due 05/07) 40%
  • Software project with description (2–3 pages) (Reposit on Github)


  • Research paper (5–10 pages) (ISMIR style)

Reading list


  • Alex Daigle
  • Yulia Draginda
  • Matan Gover
  • Andrew Kam
  • Zeyu Li
  • Néstor Nápoles
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