Hybrid Music Information Retrieval

A Special Issue of the International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval

Web page: www.cp.jku.at/journals/ijmir_2012_cfp.html
Contact: Markus Schedl - markus.schedl@jku.at

In the past decade, research in music information retrieval (MIR) has created a wealth of methods to extract latent musical information from the audio signal. While these methods are capable to infer acoustic similarities between music pieces, to reveal a song’s structure, or to identify a piece from a noisy recording, they cannot capture semantic information that is not encoded in the audio signal, but is nonetheless essential to many listeners. For instance, the meaning of a song’s lyrics, the background of a singer, or the work’s historical context cannot be derived without additional meta-data.

Such semantic information on music items, however, can be derived from the web and social media, especially from services dedicated to the music domain, for instance, last.fm, MusicBrainz, Pandora, gracenote, or echonest. On the other hand, using the newly available sources of semantically meaningful information also poses new challenges, among others, dealing with the massive amounts of data and the noisiness of this kind of data, for example, introduced by various user biases, or injection of spurious information.

Given the strengths and shortcomings inherent to both content- and context-based approaches, hybrid methods that intelligently combine the two are essential. Therefore, this Special Issue calls for sophisticated, multimodal algorithms to music information retrieval. Such novel algorithms enable applications that capture musical aspects on a more comprehensive level than content-based approaches alone. Exploiting the full range of MIR technology, for instance, innovative user interfaces to access the large amounts of music available today (e.g., on smart mobile devices) or personalized and context-aware music recommendation systems are conceivable.

Call for Papers

We encourage original submissions of excellent quality that are not submitted to or accepted by any other journal or conference. Substantially extended versions of conference or workshop papers (at least 30% novel content) are welcome as well. Papers should not exceed 14 pages in the Springer double-column format.

All submissions to this Special Issue will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Guest Advisory Board. The review process will be single-blind. After a first review cycle, we will select according to the reviewing results a small number of submissions which might be considered for acceptance. In a second review cycle the authors of the selected submissions will have the chance to modify their submissions according to the reviewers suggestions, before a final decision for acceptance or rejection will be made.

Topics of interest include the following:

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: June 1, 2012
Notification After First Review Cycle: September 1, 2012
Paper Revisions Deadline:
September 30, 2012
Final Notification:
October 15, 2012
Submission of Camera Ready Paper:
November 15, 2012


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Guest Editorial Board

Peter Knees Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Markus Schedl Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
̉scar Celma Gracenote, Emeryville, CA, USA