What’s Broken in Music Informatics Research? Three Uncomfortable Statements

Machine Learning for Music Discovery workshop, International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)

Published June 15, 2019

Justin Salamon

The goal of this paper is to raise awareness to a number of issues impacting research in Music Informatics (MIR), with the hope that it will encourage us, as a community, to address them. It is not my goal to provide a comprehensive review of the literature related to these issues. Given the limited extent of this paper some of the statements I will make are purposely simplified, when in fact the issue is more nuanced. My hope is that the paper serves as a starting point for a conversation. A recording of the talk accompanying this paper is available on the paper’s companion website.

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Research Areas:  AI & Machine Learning Audio