At the beginning of the month, I was invited to speak at the Music and the Web
workshop, at the Audio Engineering
Society convention, in Vienna.
The first talk was from Scott Cohen, co-founder of The Orchard (btw, I just noticed he was also
talking at the WWW conference, last year). He spoke about
death of digital music sales (which is a bit ironic, from the founder of
the leading digital music distributor). His main argument was that the music
industry will never get enough money by
selling digital music, and that
it needs to understand the need for an alternative economic model, based on a
global license (as was discussed by the French parliament for a really
short time, during the DADVSI
debates, last year).
The second talk was from Mark Sandler, the head
of the Centre for Digital
Music, in Queen Mary, University of London. He talked about the OMRAS2 project (OMRAS stands for Online Music
Recognition and Searching), and some of the technologies that it will use.
Basically, OMRAS2 is about creating a decentralised research environment for
musicologists and music information retrieval researchers. Therefore, the
Semantic Web definitely seems to fit quite nicely into it:-)
The third talk was from Oscar
Celma, working at the Music
Technology group in Barcelona. He is the creator of the FOAFing-the-music music
recommender, which actually won the 2nd prize of last year Semantic Web
Challenge. His talk was about music recommendation (the
oh, if you like
this, you should like that! problem), and the choice of different
technologies (collaborative filtering, content-based) for different needs. He
was terribly sick though, but succeeded to make his 40 minutes talk without his
The fourth talk was, well, myself:-) I thought it would be a non-expert
audience, so I tried to give a not too technical talk. I just did a quick
introduction to some Semantic Web concepts, and then dived into the Music Ontology, explaining its basements
(Timeline, Event, FRBR, FOAF), the different
levels of expressiveness it
allows, etc. Then, I talked about linked
data. As a conclusion (not much time left), I just highlighted a few bullet
points, all related to this
Semantic media player which keeps taking a
large space in my brain these days.
I had some pretty good feedbacks, and I was really pleased to see a
reference to the Music Ontology on Lucas
Gonze slides, who was speaking just after me :-) Lucas (too many things to
say about him, just check his website, and
realise you surely use every day something that he developed) was doing his
talk from California, through Skype, and was talking about the
Album - new means of packaging and distributing complex, multi-facet,
content. it was a really interesting talk, even though there were some
bandwidth problems from time to time.
Finally, there were some time at the end of the workshop for some
discussion, which went really well. There were a lot of discussion with someone
from an intellectual property agency, mostly reacting to Scott Cohen's talk.
Well, I won't go into details here, because I think this discussion deserves a
post on its own...
Here is a picture of the audience during the panel.