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Geographical Origin Prediction of Folk Music Recordings from the United Kingdom

Kedyte, V., Panteli, M., Weyde, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8028-9905 & Dixon, S. (2017). Geographical Origin Prediction of Folk Music Recordings from the United Kingdom. Paper presented at the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, 23-27 Oct 2017, Suzhou, China.


Field recordings from ethnomusicological research since the beginning of the 20th century are available today in large digitised music archives. The application of music information retrieval and data mining technologies can aid large-scale data processing leading to a better understanding of the history of cultural exchange. In this paper we focus on folk and traditional music from the United Kingdom and study the correlation between spatial origins and musical characteristics. In particular, we investigate whether the geographical location of music recordings can be predicted solely from the content of the audio signal. We build a neural network that takes as input a feature vector capturing musical aspects of the audio signal and predicts the latitude and longitude of the origins of the music recording. We explore the performance of the model for different sets of features and compare the prediction accuracy between geographical regions of the UK. Our model predicts the geographical coordinates of music recordings with an average error of less than 120 km. The model can be used in a similar manner to identify the origins of recordings in large unlabelled music collections and reveal patterns of similarity in music from around the world.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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