Organising music for movies

Charles Inskip, Andy MacFarlane, Pauline Rafferty

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine and discuss the classification of commercial popular music when large digital collections are organised for use in films.

Design/methodology/approach - A range of systems are investigated and their organization is discussed, focusing on an analysis of the metadata used by the systems and choices given to the end User to construct a query. The indexing of the music is compared to a checklist of music facets which has been derived from recent musicological literature on semiotic analysis of popular music. These facets include aspects of communication, cultural and musical expression, codes and competences.

Findings - In addition to bibliographic detail, descriptive metadata is used to organise music in these systems. Genre, subject and mood are used widely while some musical facets also appear. The extent to which attempts are being made to reflect these facets in the organization of these systems is discussed. A number of recommendations are made which may help to improve this process.

Originality/value - This paper discusses an area of creative music search which has not previously been investigated in any depth and makes recommendations based on findings and the literature which may be used in development of commercial systems as well as making a contribution to the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-501
Number of pages13
JournalAslib Proceedings
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventContent Architecture: Exploiting and Managing Diverse Resources - London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 22 Jun 200923 Jun 2009


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