Finding the beat (music to move to)

Finding the beat (music to move to)

Postdoctoral research associate Dr David Weigl will be giving a seminar later this month as part of the Bodleian’s Research Uncovered Series.

His work at the Oxford e-Research Centre involves the application of Linked Data and semantic technologies to enrich digital music information and facilitate access to a variety of musical data sources.

At the seminar, taking place on Tuesday January 31st 2017 from 1 – 2 pm at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre on Broad St, he will investigate rhythmic information as a criterion for relevance - a notion at the heart of music information retrieval (MIR).

While theories concerning the nature of relevance have long been identified as a key priority for the field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR), relevance-related research has remained scarce.

In his talk, Dr Weigl will present the outcomes of an analysis of MIR literature to identify different conceptualizations of relevance in a musical context. The outcomes of the analysis establish a broad account of the state of knowledge in the field by triangulating convergent findings of disparate studies in order to identify areas of commonality, and outline several under-explored areas, pointing the way for future research.

Dr Weigl will also present an investigation of rhythmic information as a relevance criterion, focusing on beat salience, a measure of the perceptual prominence of the beat in the context of finding music to move to.

This work forms part of David’s doctoral research completed at the School of Information Studies, McGill University, Canada.