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Quantifying music trends and facts using editorial metadata from the Discogs database

Title Quantifying music trends and facts using editorial metadata from the Discogs database
Publication Type Conference Paper
Year of Publication 2017
Conference Name 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2017)
Authors Bogdanov, D. , & Serra X.
Pagination 89-95
Conference Start Date 23/10/2017
Conference Location Suzhou, China
Abstract While a vast amount of editorial metadata is being actively gathered and used by music collectors and enthusiasts, it is often neglected by music information retrieval and musicology researchers. In this paper we propose to explore Discogs, one of the largest databases of such data available in the public domain. Our main goal is to show how large-scale analysis of its editorial metadata can raise questions and serve as a tool for musicological research on a number of example studies. The metadata that we use describes music releases, such as albums or EPs. It includes information about artists, tracks and their durations, genre and style, format (such as vinyl, CD, or digital files), year and country of each release. Using this data we study correlations between different genre and style labels, assess their specificity and analyze typical track durations. We estimate trends in prevalence of different genres, styles, and formats across different time periods. In our analysis of styles we use electronic music as an example. Our contribution also includes the tools we developed for our analysis and the generated datasets that can be re-used by MIR researchers and musicologists.
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