CompMusic, Computational Models for the Discovery of the World's Music, is a research project funded by the European Research Council and coordinated by Xavier Serra from the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). The project will run from 2011 to 2016.
The main goal of CompMusic is to advance in the field of Music Computing by approaching a number of the current research challenges from a culture specific perspective. It aims to advance in the description of music, reducing the gap between automatically generated audio signal features and semantically meaningful music concepts. It works in the development of information modelling techniques applicable to a number of non-Western music repertories by taking into account culture specific music contexts.
CompMusic approaches these research challenges by:
- Combining methodologies from disciplines such as Information Processing, Computational Musicology, Music Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction.
- Analyzing a variety of music information sources such as audio features, symbolic scores, text commentaries, user evaluations, etc… from some of the major non-Western art-music traditions in India (Hindustani, Carnatic), Turkey (Ottoman), Maghreb (Andalusian) and China (Beijing Opera).
CompMusic wants to challenge the current Western centered information paradigms, advance our information technology research, and contribute to our rich multicultural society.