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Searching for Sound and Music at IRCAM

Michael Fingerhut

Exploratory Workshop on Music Information Retrieval, 22nd International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR'99), University of California, Berkeley (USA), August 15-19, 1999
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[The slide presentation of this talk is available online at <URL:>.]


IRCAM is a non-profit organization focusing on research in music-related technologies, music composition and concert production. It is also a degree-granting higher education institution in computer music and musicology.

This talk will briefly present an overview of current activities related, or applicable, to various aspects of music information retrieval (e.g., off-line indexing of audio material), such as :

Suggested Reading

Assayag, Gérard et al. : Guessing the Composer’s Mind : Applying Universal Prediction to Musical Sequences. Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 1999 (to appear).

Doval, Boris et al. : 1993. Fundamental Frequency Estimation and Tracking using Maximum Likelihood Harmo­nic Matching and HMMS. Proc. IEEE ICASSP 1993 : 221-224.

Dubnov, Shlomo et al. : Universal Classification Applied to Musical Sequences. Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 1998.

Fingerhut, Michael : 1999. The IRCAM Multimedia Library : a Digital Music Library. Proceedings of the IEEE Forum on Research and Technology Advances in Digital Libraries 1999 : <URL:>

McAdams, Stephen et al. : 1999. The Perception of Musical Similarity.  Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Neurosciences of Music 1999: in preparation.

Misdariis, Nicolas et al. : Validation of a Multidimensional Distance Model for Perceptual Dissimilarities among Musi­cal Timbres. Proceedings of the Joint International Congress on Acoustics and Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America 1998 : <URL:>

Rossignol, Stéphane et al. : 1998. Feature Extraction and Temporal Segmentation of Acoustic Signals. Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 1998 : <URL:>

Worms, Laurent : 1999. Reconnaissance d'extraits sonores dans une large base de données. [Sound excerpts recognition in a large database]. Report of an internship at IRCAM (restricted access). Ecole nationale supérieure de physique de Marseille 1999.


CUIDAD Working Group Web site : <URL:>

Studio OnLine Web site : <URL:>


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