F&P: Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives
MIRAGE Symposium Special Food & Paper will be given by Emilia Gomez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) on TROMPA project.
Classical music is one of the greatest treasures of Europe’s cultural heritage. Although a historical genre, it is continually (re)interpreted and revitalised through musical performance.
Today, most of the classical repertoire is in the public domain; massive numbers of scores and recordings are now available in online community-contributed repositories actively used by scholars and musicians. Technology offers ways to enrich and contextualise this repertoire, so that users might better understand and appreciate it. However, due to varying data quality and scale, this does not happen automatically for public-domain resources. Amidst a deluge of data, relevant associations across repositories and modalities (e.g. from scores to recordings) still have to be made manually, while insights by previous users are not explicitly stored for future users to learn from. It is thus impossible to get comprehensive insight into the full wealth of our musical cultural heritage.
TROMPA intends to enrich and democratise our publicly available musical heritage through a user-centred co-creation setup. For analysing and linking music data at scale, the project employs and improves state-of-the-art technology. Music-loving citizens then cooperate with the technology, giving feedback on algorithmic results, and annotating the data according to their personal expertise.
Following an open innovation philosophy, all knowledge derived is released to the community in reusable ways. This enables many uses in applications which directly benefit crowd contributors and further audiences. TROMPA demonstrates this for music scholars, content owners, instrumentalists, choir singers, and music enthusiasts.
Emilia Gómez (Bsc, Msc and PhD in Computer Science Engineering) is Lead Scientist at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, where she leads the HUMAINT project that studies the impact of Artificial Intelligence on human behaviour and the related social, ethical and cultural impact of AI. She is also a Guest Professor at the Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where she leads the MIR (Music Information Research) lab and coordinates the TROMPA (Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives) H2020 project.
Emilia Gómez’s work has been involved in the Music Information Retrieval field for many years, contributing with algorithms and datasets for music content description. She served as ISMIR president and is now co-editor in chief of TISMIR. She is particularly interested in improving the diversity of our research field.