Jam with Jamendo: Querying a Large Music Collection by Chords from a Learner's Perspective

Anna Xambó, Johan Pauwels, Gerard Roma, Mathieu Barthet, György Fazekas

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Abstract

Nowadays, a number of online music databases are available under Creative Commons licenses (e.g. Jamendo, ccMixter). Typically, it is possible to navigate and play their content through search interfaces based on metadata and file-wide tags. However, because this music is largely unknown, additional methods of discovery need to be explored. In this paper, we focus on a use case for music learners. We present a web app prototype that allows novice and expert musicians to discover songs in Jamendo's music collection by specifying a set of chords. Its purpose is to provide a more pleasurable practice experience by suggesting novel songs to play along with, instead of practising isolated chords or with the same song over and over again. To handle less chord-oriented songs and transcription errors that inevitably arise from the automatic chord estimation used to populate the database, query results are ranked according to a computational confidence measure. In order to assess the validity of the confidence ranked system, we conducted a small pilot user study to assess its usefulness. Drawing on those preliminary findings, we identify some design recommendations for future applications of music learning and music search engines focusing on the user experience when interacting with sound.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAM'18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Audio Mostly 2018 on Sound in Immersion and Emotion
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450366090
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2018
Event2018 International Audio Mostly Conference - A Conference on Interaction with Sound: Sound in Immersion and Emotion - Wrexham, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201814 Sep 2018
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3243274

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Conference

Conference2018 International Audio Mostly Conference - A Conference on Interaction with Sound
Abbreviated titleAM'18
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWrexham
Period12/09/1814/09/18
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    Xambó, A., Pauwels, J., Roma, G., Barthet, M., & Fazekas, G. (2018). Jam with Jamendo: Querying a Large Music Collection by Chords from a Learner's Perspective. In AM'18: Proceedings of the Audio Mostly 2018 on Sound in Immersion and Emotion [a30] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3243274.3243291