Pickin’ up good vibrations
One of the universal appeals of music lies in its mysterious ability to manipulate and reflect our emotions. Even the simplest of tunes can evoke strong feelings of joy, fear, anger, sadness and anything in between. Music is a huge part of what the BBC does – in fact it broadcasts over 200,000 different tracks every week. With so much music to choose from, especially in the digital age, there is more and more interest in finding ways of navigating music collections in a more human way. Some of our colleagues are looking at new ways of finding TV programmes by mood, but can we do something similar for music?
The alliteratively-named ‘Making Musical Moods Metadata’ is a collaborative project between BBC R&D, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and I Like Music. Part of the project involves researching how information about the mood of music tracks can be added to large collections. I Like Music is a company that provides the BBC with an online music library called the ‘Desktop Jukebox’, which includes over a million songs. Labelling each of these by hand would take many years, so we are developing software that will do it automatically.
Source: BBC R&D