ISMIR 2005
6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

London, UK        11 - 15 September 2005

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Keynote & Invited Talks

Keynote: Text and non-text: the ascendancy of words

Stephen Robertson

Microsoft Research Cambridge & Professor of Information Systems, Dept of Information Science, City University, London

The current archetype of a search system is the web search engine, with a free-text entry box for the query. Items are indexed with words (or something very like words); queries are split into words; and the words are matched. All the sophistication lies in the logic and statistics of matching and ranking. So what do we do with non-verbal media?

Primarily we turn it into words! In this talk I will discuss the all-pervasive, all-conquering nature of this paradigm, review some of its methods and effects, and consider the question of how locked into it we really are.

Invited Talk: Towards the Compleat Musicologist?

Nicholas Cook, FBA

Research Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London & Director, AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music

Only a decade ago, the idea of the computer being the musicologist's workbench seemed futuristic if not downright impractical, at least outside the specialist circle of computational musicologists. In many ways it is now a reality: we use our computers both to conduct our research (through searching online databases, accessing facsimiles, or sound analysis) and to present our results (by means of text, notation, and sound or video clips). Yet the potential of computational approaches to change the way we think about music remains for the most part unrealized. In this paper I explore what these changes might be, whether they are desirable, how they might be brought about, and what are the factors that militate against them.

Invited Talk: Sonifications

Thomas Dolby

Headspace, Inc

Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information. By mapping real-world data to auditory signals, it is possible to provide a fresh perspective or 'view' of something we take for granted. Thomas' presentation covers recent work he has produced in conjunction with computer graphics company Alias/Wavefront, in which he sonifies a range of subjects including water droplets, seasonal rainfall, solar flares, and the Asian tsunami. He will step us through the process, explain the techniques used, and play us the results in real time.

- Nicholas Cook's Talk: Towards the Compleat Musicologist? (PDF)
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