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Foafing the music, the next generation of music recommenders

The Music Technology Group presents the first music recommender system based on user's profile. This means that, depending on what you like, what you listen to, where you live, you get personalized music recommendations.

It's done under the SIMAC IST-EU project. SIMAC (Semantic Interaction with Music Audio Contents) is about software tools to enhance our music enjoyment experience.

Foafing the music makes use of information available on other websites (in the form of thousands of RSS feeds) to recommend you music that you'll love!

The system uses the vocabulary created in the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project to define user preferences. The FOAF project is about creating a Web of machine-readable homepages describing people, the links between them and the things they create and do.

Moreover, the system gets noticed of your listening habits (using your account and the Audioscrobbler plugin). This way, you're always discovering new and exciting music, based on the music you listen to.
Then, based on your user profile and your listening habits the system recommends you:

  • Artists similars to the ones you like
  • New music releases from your favourite and recommended artists (from sources such as: iTunes, Amazon, Yahoo shopping and the like)
  • Related MP3-blogs to download
  • Podcast sessions to stream/download
  • Automatic creation of playlists based on acoustic and musical similarity calculated from the audio
  • Incoming concerts near your city
  • Artists' related news

Related links:
20 Oct 2005 - 21:50 | view
International Computer Music Conference 2005

The Phonos Foundation, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, and the Higher School of Music of Catalonia in conjunction with the International Computer Music Association, is proud to announce ICMC 2005. The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from the 5th to 9th of September 2005, with pre-conference workshops on September the 4th.

ICMC is the pre-eminent annual gathering of computer music practitioners from around the world. Its unique interleaving of professional paper presentations and concerts of new computer music compositions creates a vital synthesis of science, technology, and the art of music.

By choosing free sound as this year's leitmotif, we aim to emphasise the idea of freeing sound from its current aesthetic, technical and legal confines. We wish to promote an open discussion about the extent to which sound is considered a community asset -- an asset that belongs to society and cannot be privatised. Thus, we encourage contributions that emphasise these and related topics.

More Information: International Computer Music Conference 2005
5 Sep 2005 - 09:00 | view
El projecte Musicsurfer passa a la fase II d'Uniemprendia 2005

La UPF va presentar al programa Uniemprendia 2005 el projecte Musicsurfer, una innovadora tecnologia de cerca musical desenvolupada pel Grup de Tecnologia Musical de l'Institut Universitari de l'Audiovisual, grup de recerca dirigit per Xavier Serra. Dels 25 projectes seleccionats en la fase I, el projecte de la UPF ha quedat en tercera posició i ha passat a la fase II.

L'objectiu d'Uniemprendia 2005 és la creació d'Empreses de Base Tecnològica (EBT) i hi participen diverses universitats espanyoles. El programa, promogut per la xarxa OTRI d'universitats, s'adreça a emprenedors universitaris amb idees, projectes o empreses amb menys de dos anys d'activitat, basades en l'explotació de tecnologies, resultats o capacitats derivades de l'activitat investigadora de la pròpia universitat.

El programa està estructurat en tres fases. En la primera fase, ja efectuada, cada universitat participant, conjuntament amb gestors d'Uniemprendia 2005, van detectar i seleccionar els projectes. En la segona fase que ara comença, els promotors de les iniciatives seleccionades -25 projectes per a tot l'àmbit espanyol- disposaran d'un període de formació i d'una tutoria personalitzada per al desenvolupament del seu pla d'empresa. En una tercera fase posterior, els projectes finalistes buscaran finançament com a projecte empresarial ja consolidat, per la qual cosa els promotors participaran en un fòrum d'inversors que se celebrarà conjuntament amb el Fòrum Neotec organitzat pel Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico e Industrial (CTDI).

Les empreses spin-off que sorgeixen de les universitats ajuden a transferir el coneixement i els resultats de la investigació científica al món empresarial i busquen la seva aplicació directa en els processos productius i fins i tot la seva comercialització. A més, la creació d'empreses de base tecnològica contribueix a la generació de llocs de treball d'alta qualificació, especialment idonis per als titulats universitaris.

La tecnologia desenvolupada per l'equip del GTM de la UPF que recentment ha acaparat l'atenció d'empreses nord-americanes, està basada en l'extracció automàtica de descriptors musicals relacionats amb la instrumentació, ritme i harmonia. Conjuntament amb mesures complexes de semblança musical, aquests descriptors permeten navegar per col·leccions amb milions de cançons d'una forma flexible, eficient i personalitzada.


28 Jun 2005 - 15:16 | view
Workshop: "The Future of the computer as an instrument for musical performance"
The Music Technology Group and the Technology Department and Universitat Pompeu Fabra invite you to a one-day computer-music-performance workshop on Wednesday June 22th at 10.00 AM, in the Auditori of the Estació de França in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Passeig de Circumval·lació 8, Barcelona). There will be talks, a discussion panel and demonstrations.

Among the invited speakers are: Daniel Arfib, Sidney Fels, Güenter Geiger, Sergi Jordà, David Wessel
22 Jun 2005 - 12:54 | view
Sergi Jordà PhD thesis oral defense
The defense of the thesis, entitled “Digital Lutherie: Crafting musical computers for new musics' performance and improvisation”, will be next Tuesday 21st of June at 10.30 AM, in the Auditori of the Estació de França in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Passeig de Circumval·lació 8, Barcelona).

More info here
21 Jun 2005 - 12:50 | view
First S2S^2 Summer School

Members of the MTG participate in the summer school organized by project S2S² in Genova. This school will treat the emptiness between the Sound and the Sense, i.e. between the low level, the physical world, and the highest level, the cognition.

School website:

8 Jun 2005 - 13:51 | view
MTG collaborates in the organization of the 118th AES conference
From May 28 - 31, 2005, the European AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention will be held in the Catalan Capital Barcelona - the first time in Spain in the history of the AES! - Roger Furness, executive director of the AES, has just introduced the organizing committee for the upcoming event.

Held in the brand new CCIB (Centre Convencions International Barcelona) located near Barcelona’s amazing seafront, the convention will fill its exhibition halls and meeting rooms. As digital audio in live sound is currently one of the hottest topics discussed in Spain, visitors will benefit from the latest news on this issue provided by both Spanish and International experts. Technical Tours will lead to the places of most interest for audio engineers in the Barcelona area, such as the Opera House or the giant football stadium of the FC Barcelona. And, last but not least, the social program will benefit from Barcelona’s overwhelming opportunities to get together in a unique open-air surrounding.
28 May 2005 - 10:00 | view
Invitation to the MTG-UPF stand at the AES

The Music Technology Group of the Pompeu Fabra University invites you to visit our stand at the AES Convention in Barcelona (booth no. 4309, where we will be presenting various technologies for processing, retrieving and interacting with audio and music that we have recently developed.

Some examples of what we will show are:

  • MusicSurfer: Navigation on huge music collections using fully automatically extracted music features from the audio (no metadata or human ratings needed)
  • Vocaloid in spanish: The first spanish databases for Yamaha's singing voice synthesizer.
  • Reactable: A novel electroacoustic music instrument with a tangible user interface.

...and quite a bit more.

If you are interested in learning about these and other technologies from the MTG you can either drop by our booth.

We are looking forward to see you at the AES!

23 May 2005 - 09:16 | view
The Freesound Project
MTG is proud to announce the official opening of The Freesound Project

This project was started in the context of ICMC 2005, and is a website for exchanging creative-commons licensed audio material. If you want to know more about the project (why it was started and what it's goals are) have a look at this page:

Later this year we will announce a competition related to ICMC which will involve The Freesound Project.

10 May 2005 - 00:00 | view
MTG stand at the IST Event 2004

The MTG has a stand at the IST Event 2004. This event is held from 15-17 November 2004 in The Hague.

More information: IST Event 2004

15 Nov 2004 - 01:00 | view