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Publications

Partial lists of my my publications can be found in the research information system of HoGent and UGent. A list of my publications is also available on Google Scholar. Below a more complete list can be found.

Dissertation

Engineering systematic musicology: methods and services for computational and empirical music research
Joren Six
(2018) Phd Dissertation
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Journal Articles

Motor sequence learning in a goal-directed stepping task in persons with multiple sclerosis : a pilot study
Veldkamp, R., Moumddjian, L., Dun, K., Six, J., Vanbeylen, A., Kos, D., & Feys, P.
(2022) Annals of the New York Academy of Science
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Embodied learning in multiple sclerosis using melodic, sound, and visual feedback : a potential rehabilitation approach.
Moumddjian, Lousin, Joren Six, Renee Veldkamp, Jenke Geys, Channa Van Der Linden, Mieke Goetschalckx, Johan Van Nieuwenhoven, Ilse Bosmans, Marc Leman, and Peter Feys
(2022) Annals of the New York Academy of Science
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Timing Markers of Interaction Quality During Semi-Hocket Singing
Alessandro Dell’Anna, Jeska Buhmann, Joren Six, Pieter-Jan Maes and Marc Leman
(2021) Frontiers in Neuroscience
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Music-based biofeedback to reduce tibial shock in over-ground running: a proof-of-concept study
Pieter Van den Berghe, Valerio Lorenzoni, Rud Derie, Joren Six, Joeri Gerlo, Marc Leman & Dirk De Clercq
(2021) Scientific Reports
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Synchronisation sensorimotrice et comportements non verbaux dans la maladie d’Alzheimer : l’influence du contexte social et musical
Matthieu Ghilain, Lise Hobeika, Loris Schiaratura, Micheline Lesaffre, Joren Six, Frank Desmet, Sylvain Clément and Séverine Samson
(2020) Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement.
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The influence of performing gesture type on interpersonal musical timing, and the role of visual contact and tempo
Esther Coorevits, Pieter-Jan Maes, Joren Six, Marc Leman
(2020) Acta Psychologica
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Validity and reliability of peak tibial accelerations as real-time measure of impact loading during over-ground rearfoot running at different speeds
Pieter Van den Berghe, Joren Six, Joeri Gerlo, Marc Leman, Dirk De Clercq
(2019) Journal of Biomechanics
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The SoundBike: musical sonification strategies to enhance cyclists’ spontaneous synchronization to external music
Pieter-Jan Maes, Valerio Lorenzoni and Joren Six
(2018) Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
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Beyond documentation – The digital philology of interaction heritage
Marc Leman, Joren Six
(2018) Journal of New Music Research, Special edition on Digital Philology
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Embodied, Participatory Sense-Making in Digitally-Augmented Music Practices: Theoretical Principles and the Artistic Case “SoundBikes”
Pieter-Jan Maes, Valerio Lorenzoni, Bart Moens, Joren Six, Federica Bressan, Ivan Schepers and Marc Leman
(2018) Critical Arts South-North Cultural and Media Studies
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A Case for Reproducibility in MIR: Replication of ‘A Highly Robust Audio Fingerprinting System’
Joren Six, Federica Bressan and Marc Leman
(2018) Transactions of the International Society of Music Information Retrieval
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Adopting a music-to-heart rate alignment strategy to measure the impact of music and music tempo on human heart rate
Edith Van Dyck, Joren Six , Esin Soyer, Marlies Denys, Ilka Bardijn, and Marc Leman
(2017) Musicae Scientiae
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Acoustical properties in Inhaling Singing: a case-study
Françoise Vanhecke, Mieke Moerman, Frank Desmet, Joren Six, Kristin Daemers, Godfried-Willem Raes, Marc Leman
(2017) Physics in Medicine
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Synchronizing Multimodal Recordings Using Audio-To-Audio Alignment
Joren Six and Marc Leman
(2015) Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
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Tarsos, a modular platform for precise pitch analysis of western and non-western music
Joren Six, Olmo Cornelis and Marc Leman
(2013) Journal of New Music Research. 42(2)
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Evaluation and Recommendation of Pulse and Tempo Annotation in Ethnic Music
Olmo Cornelis, Joren Six, Andre Holzapfel, and Marc Leman
(2013) Journal of New Music Research
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Book Chapters

Duplicate detection for for digital audio archive management: two case studies
Joren Six, Federica Bressan en Koen Renders
(2022) Advances in Speech and Music Technology
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Articles in peer reviewed conference proceedings

BAF: an audio fingerprinting dataset for broadcast monitoring
Cortès, G., Ciurana, A., Molina, E., Miron, M., Meyers, O., Six, J., & Serra, X.
(2022) ISMIR 2022
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OLAF: Overly Lightweight Acoustic Fingerprinting
Joren Six
(2020) ISMIR 2020 Late Breaking / Demo abstracts
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Automatic comparison of human music, speech, and bird song suggests uniqueness of human scales
Jiei Kuroyanagi, Shoichiro Sato, Meng-Jou Ho, Gakuto Chiba, Joren Six, Peter Pfordresher, Adam Tierney, Shinya Fujii and Patrick Savage
(2019) Proceedings of the 9th Folk Music Analysis (FMA) conference
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Automatic comparison of global children’s and adult songs
Shoichiro Sato, Joren Six, Peter Pfordresher, Shinya Fujii and Patrick Savage
(2019) Proceedings of the 9th Folk Music Analysis (FMA) conference
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Applications of Duplicate Detection in Music Archives: from Metadata Comparison to Storage Optimisation
Joren Six, Federica Bressan and Marc Leman
(2018) Proceedings of the 14th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries (IRCDL 2018)
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Real-time music-based biofeedback to reduce impact loading during over-ground running
Pieter Van den Berghe, Valerio Lorenzoni, Joeri Gerlo, Bastiaan Breine , Rud Derie, Joren Six, Marc Leman and Dirk De Clercq
(2018) Proceedings on the 42nd American of Biomechanics Congress.
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Automatic analysis of global music recordings suggests scale tuning universals
Meng-Jou Ho, Shoichiro Sato, Jiei Kuroyanagi, Joren Six, Steven Brown, Shinya Fujii, Patrick E Savage
(2018) Extended abstracts for the Late-Breaking Demo Session of the 19th International Society for Music Information
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MIRchiving: Challenges and opportunities of connecting MIR research and digital music archives
Reinier de Valk, Anja Volk, Andre Holzapfel, Aggelos Pikrakis, Nadine Kroher, Joren Six
(2017) Proceedings of the 4th International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2017)
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Applications of duplicate detection: linking meta-data and merging music archives – The experience of the IPEM historical archive of electronic music
Federica Bressan, Joren Six and Marc Leman
(2017) Proceedings of the 4th International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2017)
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Regularity and asynchrony when tapping to tactile, auditory and combined pulses
Joren Six, Laura Arens, Hade Demoor, Thomas Kint and Marc Leman
(2017) Proceedings of the ESCOM conference
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A framework to provide fine-grained time-dependent context for active listening experiences
Joren Six and Marc Leman
(2017) Proceedings of AES Conference on Semantic Audio
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The Deep History of Music Project
Armand Leroi, Matthias Mauch, Pat Savage, Emmanouil Benetor, Juan Bello, Maria Panteli, Joren Six, Tillman Weyde
(2015) Proceedings of the 5th Folk Music Analysis (FMA) conference
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TarsosDSP, a Real-Time Audio Processing Framework in Java
Joren Six, Olmo Cornelis and Marc Leman
(2014) Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society Conference: 53rd International Conference: Semantic Audio
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Panako – A Scalable Acoustic Fingerprinting System Handling Time-Scale and Pitch Modification
Joren Six and Marc Leman
(2014) Proceedings of the 15th ISMIR Conference (ISMIR 2014)
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Tarsos – a Platform to Explore Pitch Scales in Non-Western and Western Music
Joren Six and Olmo Cornelis
(2011) Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval
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Peachnote Piano: Making MIDI instruments social and smart using Arduino, Android and Nodejs
Joren Six, Vladimir Viro
(2011) Demo Sessions of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2011)
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Master's Thesis

Presentations, Discussions Guest Lectures, by Invitation

Panel discussion, 2012: Technological challenges for the computational modelling of the world’s musical heritage, Folk Music Analysis Conference 2012 – FMA 2012, organizers: Polina Proutskova and Emilia Gomez, Seville, Spain

Guest lecture, 2012: Non-western music and digital humanities, for: “Studies in Western Music History: Quantitative and Computational Approaches to Music History”, M.I.T., Boston, U.S.

Guest lecture, 2011: Presenting Tarsos, a software platform for pitch analysis. At: Electrical and Electronics Eng.Dept. IYTE, Izmir, Turkey

Workshop 2017:Computational Ethnomusicology – Methodologies for a new field Leiden, The Netherlands

Experience as Lecturer

A002301 (2016-2017) “Grondslagen van de muzikale acoustica en sonologie” – Theory and Practice sessions together with dr. Pieter-Jan Maes

Other Output

I am recognized as co-inventor on a Patent titled Low impact running WO/2020/002275

For research software see the software output page




~ Low impact runner: a music based bio-feedback system

Fig: schema of the low impact runner system.

I have been lucky to have been involved in an interdisciplinary research project around the low impact runner: a music based bio-feedback system to reduce tibial shock in over-ground running. In the beginning of October 2022 the PhD defence of Rud Derie takes place so it is a good moment to look back to this collaboration between several branches of Ghent University: IPEM , movement and sports science and IDLab.

The idea behind the project was to first select runners with a high foot-fall impact. Then an intervention would slightly nudge these runner to a running style with lower impact. A lower repetitive impact is expected to reduce the chance on injuries common for runners. A system was invented in which musical bio-feedback was given on the measured impact. The schema to the right shows the concept.

I was involved in development of the first hardware prototypes which measured acceleration on the legs of the runner. The development of software to receive and handle these measurement on a tablet strapped to a backpack the runner was wearing. This software also logged measurements, had real-time visualisation capabilities and allowed remote control and monitoring over the network. Finally measurements were send to a Max/MSP sonification engine. These prototypes of software and hardware were replaced during a valorization project but some parts of the software ended up in the Android application.

Video: the left screen shows the indoor positioning system via UWB (ultra-wide-band) and the right screen shows the music feedback system and the real time monitoring of impact of the runner. Video by Pieter Van den Berghe

Over time the first wired sensors were replaced with wireless Bluetooth versions. This made the sensors easy to use and also to visualize sensor values in the browser thanks to the Web Bluetooth API. I have experimented with this and made two demos: a low impact runner visualizer and one with the conceptual schema.

Vid: Visualizing the Bluetooth Low Impact Runner sensor in the browser.

The following three studies shows a part of the trajectory of the project. The first paper is a validation of the measurement system. Secondly a proof-of-concept study is done which finally greenlights a larger scale intervention study.

  1. Van den Berghe, P., Six, J., Gerlo, J., Leman, M., & De Clercq, D. (2019). Validity and reliability of peak tibial accelerations as real-time measure of impact loading during over-ground rearfoot running at different speeds. Journal of Biomechanics, 86, 238-242.
  2. Van den Berghe, P., Lorenzoni, V., Derie, R., Six, J., Gerlo, J., Leman, M., & De Clercq, D. (2021). Music-based biofeedback to reduce tibial shock in over-ground running: A proof-of-concept study. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-12.
  3. Van den Berghe, P., Derie, R., Bauwens, P., Gerlo, J., Segers, V., Leman, M., & De Clercq, D. (2022). Reducing the peak tibial acceleration of running by music‐based biofeedback: A quasi‐randomized controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

There are quite a number of other papers but I was less involved in those. The project also resulted in two PhD’s:

I am also recognized as co-inventor on the low impact runner system patent and there are concrete plans for a commercial spin-off. To be continued…



~ ISMIR 2020 - Virtual Conference

ISMIR 2020 Logo

From 11-16 October 2020 the latest instalment of the ISMIR conference series was held. Due to the pandemic, the 21st ISMIR conference was the first virtual one. As usual, participants and presenters from around the world joined the conference. For the first time, however, not all participants synchronised their circadian rhythm. By repeating most events with 12h in between, the organisers managed to put together a schedule befitting nearly all participants.

The virtual format had some clear advantages: travel was not needed, so (environmental) cost was low. Attendance fees were lower than usual since no spaces or catering was needed. This democratised the conference experience and attendance reached a record high.

The scientific program of the conference was impressive and varied. It is At the conferences Late Breaking/Demo session I presented Olaf: Overly Lightweight Acoustic Fingerprinting.


~ LW Research Day 2019 on Digital Humanities

On the 9th of September 2019 the second research day organized by the faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University took place. The theme of the day was ‘Digital Humanities’ and the program gave an overview of the breadth of research at our faculty with topics as logic, history, archeology, chemistry, geography

Together with Jeska, I presented an ongoing study on musical interaction. In the study one of the measurements was the body movement of two participants. This is done with boards that are equipped with weight sensors. The data that comes out of this can be inspected for synchronisation, quality and quantity of movement, movement periodicities.


The hardware is the work of Ivan Schepers, the software used to capture and transmit messages is called “the MIDImorphosis” and developed by me. The research is in collaboration with Jeska Buhman, Marc Leman and Alessandro Dell’Anna. An article with detailed findings is forthcoming.


~ AAWM/FMA 2019 - Birmingham

I am currently in Birmingham, UK at the 2019 at the joint Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) and Folk Music Conference. The opening concert by the RBC folk ensemble already provided the most lively and enthusiastic conference opening probably ever. Especially considering the early morning hour (9.30). At the conference, two studies will be presented on which I collaborated:

Automatic comparison of human music, speech, and bird song suggests uniqueness of human scales

Automatic comparison of human music, speech, and bird song suggests uniqueness of human scales by Jiei Kuroyanagi, Shoichiro Sato, Meng-Jou Ho, Gakuto Chiba, Joren Six, Peter Pfordresher, Adam Tierney, Shinya Fujii and Patrick Savage

The uniqueness of human music relative to speech and animal song has been extensively debated, but rarely directly measured. We applied an automated scale analysis algorithm to a sample of 86 recordings of human music, human speech, and bird songs from around the world. We found that human music throughout the world uniquely emphasized scales with small-integer frequency ratios, particularly a perfect 5th (3:2 ratio), while human speech and bird song showed no clear evidence of consistent scale-like tunings. We speculate that the uniquely human tendency toward scales with small-integer ratios may relate to the evolution of synchronized group performance among humans.

Automatic comparison of global children’s and adult songs

Automatic comparison of global children’s and adult songs by Shoichiro Sato, Joren Six, Peter Pfordresher, Shinya Fujii and Patrick Savage

Music throughout the world varies greatly, yet some musical features like scale structure display striking crosscultural similarities. Are there musical laws or biological constraints that underlie this diversity? The “vocal mistuning” hypothesis proposes that cross-cultural regularities in musical scales arise from imprecision in vocal tuning, while the integer-ratio hypothesis proposes that they arise from perceptual principles based on psychoacoustic consonance. In order to test these hypotheses, we conducted automatic comparative analysis of 100 children’s and adult songs from throughout the world. We found that children’s songs tend to have narrower melodic range, fewer scale degrees, and less precise intonation than adult songs, consistent with motor limitations due to their earlier developmental stage. On the other hand, adult and children’s songs share some common tuning intervals at small-integer ratios, particularly the perfect 5th (~3:2 ratio). These results suggest that some widespread aspects of musical scales may be caused by motor constraints, but also suggest that perceptual preferences for simple integer ratios might contribute to cross-cultural regularities in scale structure. We propose a “sensorimotor hypothesis” to unify these competing theories.


~ Validity and reliability of peak tibial accelerations as real-time measure of impact loading during over-ground rearfoot running at different speeds - Journal of Biomechanics

With the goal in mind to reduce common runner injuries we first need to measure some running style characteristics. Therefore, we have developed a sensor to measure how hard a runners foot repeatedly hits the ground. This sensor has been compared with laboratory equipment which proofs that its measurements are valid and can be repeated. The main advantages of our sensor is that it can be used ‘in the wild’, outside the lab on the runners regular tours. We want to use this sensor to provide real-time biofeedback in order to change running style and ultimately reduce injury risk.

We have published an article on this sensor in the journal of Biomechanics:
Pieter Van den Berghe, Joren Six, Joeri Gerlo, Marc Leman, Dirk De Clercq,
Validity and reliability of peak tibial accelerations as real-time measure of impact loading during over-ground rearfoot running at different speeds, (author version)
Journal of Biomechanics,
2019

Studies seeking to determine the effects of gait retraining through biofeedback on peak tibial acceleration (PTA) assume that this biometric trait is a valid measure of impact loading that is reliable both within and between sessions. However, reliability and validity data were lacking for axial and resultant PTAs along the speed range of over-ground endurance running. A wearable system was developed to continuously measure 3D tibial accelerations and to detect PTAs in real-time. Thirteen rearfoot runners ran at 2.55, 3.20 and 5.10 m*s-1 over an instrumented runway in two sessions with re-attachment of the system. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) were used to determine within-session reliability. Repeatability was evaluated by paired T-tests and ICCs. Concerning validity, axial and resultant PTAs were correlated to the peak vertical impact loading rate (LR) of the ground reaction force. Additionally, speed should affect impact loading magnitude. Hence, magnitudes were compared across speeds by RM-ANOVA. Within a session, ICCs were over 0.90 and reasonable for clinical measurements. Between sessions, the magnitudes remained statistically similar with ICCs ranging from 0.50 to 0.59 for axial PTA and from 0.53 to 0.81 for resultant PTA. Peak accelerations of the lower leg segment correlated to LR with larger coefficients for axial PTA (r range: 0.64–0.84) than for the resultant PTA per speed condition. The magnitude of each impact measure increased with speed. These data suggest that PTAs registered per stand-alone system can be useful during level, over-ground rearfoot running to evaluate impact loading in the time domain when force platforms are unavailable in studies with repeated measurements.


~ ISMIR 2018 Conference - Automatic Analysis Of Global Music Recordings suggests Scale Tuning Universals

Thanks to the support of a travel grant by the faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University I was able to attend the ISMIR 2018 conference. A conference on Music Information Retrieval. I am co author on a contribution for the the Late-Breaking / Demos session

The structure of musical scales has been proposed to reflect universal acoustic principles based on simple integer ratios. However, some studying tuning in small samples of non-Western cultures have argued that such ratios are not universal but specific to Western music. To address this debate, we applied an algorithm that could automatically analyze and cross-culturally compare scale tunings to a global sample of 50 music recordings, including both instrumental and vocal pieces. Although we found great cross-cultural diversity in most scale degrees, these preliminary results also suggest a strong tendency to include the simplest possible integer ratio within the octave (perfect fifth, 3:2 ratio, ~700 cents) in both Western and non-Western cultures. This suggests that cultural diversity in musical scales is not without limit, but is constrained by universal psycho-acoustic principles that may shed light on the evolution of human music.


~ TISMIR journal article - A Case for Reproducibility in MIR: Replication of ‘A Highly Robust Audio Fingerprinting System’

As an extension of the ISMIR conferences the International Society for Music Information Retrievel started a new journal: TISMIR. The first issue contains an article of mine:
A Case for Reproducibility in MIR: Replication of ‘A Highly Robust Audio Fingerprinting System’. The abstract can be read here:

Claims made in many Music Information Retrieval (MIR) publications are hard to verify due to the fact that (i) often only a textual description is made available and code remains unpublished – leaving many implementation issues uncovered; (ii) copyrights on music limit the sharing of datasets; and (iii) incentives to put effort into reproducible research – publishing and documenting code and specifics on data – is lacking. In this article the problems around reproducibility are illustrated by replicating an MIR work. The system and evaluation described in ‘A Highly Robust Audio Fingerprinting System’ is replicated as closely as possible. The replication is done with several goals in mind: to describe difficulties in replicating the work and subsequently reflect on guidelines around reproducible research. Added contributions are the verification of the reported work, a publicly available implementation and an evaluation method that is reproducible.


~ JNMR article - Beyond documentation – The digital philology of interaction heritage

Marc Leman and myself have recently published an article in the Journal of New Music Research for a special issue on Digital Philology for Multimedia Cultural Heritage. Our contribution is titled Beyond documentation – The digital philology of interaction heritage

A philologist’s approach to heritage is traditionally based on the curation of documents, such as text, audio and video. However, with the advent of interactive multimedia, heritage becomes floating and volatile, and not easily captured in documents. We propose an approach to heritage that goes beyond documents. We consider the crucial role of institutes for interactive multimedia (as motor of a living culture of interaction) and propose that the digital philologist’s task will be to promote the collective/shared responsibility of (interactive) documenting, engage engineering in developing interactive approaches to heritage, and keep interaction-heritage alive through the education of citizens.


~ MIR Meetup Berlin - Acoustic Fingerprinting in Research

I was kindly invited by SoundCloud to give a presentation on “Acoustic fingerprinting in research”. The presentation took place during one of the “MIR Meetups” in Berlin on Monday, April 23, 2018. Before my presentation there was a presentation by Derek and Josh (both SoundCloud engineers) detailing the state of the internal fingerprinting system of SoundCloud.

During my presentation I gave an overview of various applications of acoustic fingerprinting in a music research environment and detailed how these applications can be handled and are implemented in Panako: an open source fingerprinting system

Below the slides used during the presentation can be found:


~ Engineering systematic musicology

The 11th of January I successfully completed my PhD training under mentorship of Marc Leman with a public defense at de Krook in Ghent.

I also handed in my dissertation titled Engineering systematic musicology: methods and services for computational and empirical music research (version of record). The dissertation bundles several of my publications and places them in a framework in the introduction and reflects upon these in the conclusion. The publications all contribute either directly to the field of systematic musicology (e.g. tone scale research) or contributes indirectly by facilitating specific research tasks (e.g. synchronization of multi-modal research data).

The presentation during my defense was meant for a broader audience. During the presentation I gave examples of the research topics I have been working and focused on how these are connected. The presentation titled Engineering systematic musicology can be seen by following the previous link and is included below. The slide with the live spectrogram and the slide with the map need to be started by double clicking otherwise they remain empty.

The presentation is essentially an interactive HTML5 website build with the reveal.js framework. This has the advantage that multimedia is well supported and all kinds of interactions can be scripted. The presentation above, for example, uses the web audio API for live audio visualization and the google maps API for interactive maps. Video integration is also seamless. It would be a struggle to achieve similar multi-media heavy presentations with other presentation software packages such as Impress, Keynote or Powerpoint.


~ IRCDL 2018 - Applications of Duplicate Detection in Music Archives: from Metadata Comparison to Storage Optimisation

Together with Federica Bressan I have contributed to the Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries 2018:

“Since 2005, the Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries has served as an important national forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. IRCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries”, including new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content…"

The 26th of January Federica presented our joint contribution titled “Applications of Duplicate Detection in Music Archives: from Metadata Comparison to Storage Optimisation”. The work focuses on applications of duplicate detection for managing digital music archives. It aims to make this mature music information retrieval (MIR) technology better known to archivists and provide clear suggestions on how this technology can be used in practice. More specifically applications are discussed to complement meta-data, to link or merge digital music archives, to improve listening experiences and to re-use segmentation data.

The version of record of the article and an author version are available. The presentation is available here as well.