Seminar: Engaging with Music Retrieval

Engaging with Music Retrieval

Speaker: Daniel Boland
Date: 09 September, 2015
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Music collections available to listeners have grown at a dramatic pace, now spanning tens of millions of tracks. Interacting with a music retrieval system can thus be overwhelming, with users offered ‘too-much-choice’. The level of engagement required for such retrieval interactions can be inappropriate, such as in mobile or multitasking contexts. Using listening histories and work from music psychology, a set of engagement-stratified profiles of listening behaviour are developed. The challenge of designing music retrieval for different levels of user engagement is explored with a system allowing users to denote their level of engagement and thus the specificity of their music queries. The resulting interaction has since been adopted as a component in a commercial music system.

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