Sound and Music Information Research


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 1st semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Explore the development and analysis of practical and automatic methods for making accessible information contained in abstract formats of sound and music signals, such as symbolic (sheet music), or digital audio samples, i.e., all the information that currently requires experienced humans to extract. These include various tasks in which one can analyze sound and music signals, e.g., determining the instruments playing, the pitch(es), the rhythm, beat, chord sequences, musical form, inferring or identifying the artist and song playing, organizing a music collection by genres (e.g., blues and/or hip hop), mood, (un)recommending music, creating playlists, composing new music, automatic mastering, recognizing auditory environments, and so on.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge as follows:

  • Must be able to describe the structure of systems for audio or music classification, retrieval, and description.
  • Must be able to distinguish between supervised and unsupervised learning, and how they are used in music information research.
  • Must be able to identify and describe low-, mid- and high-level representations of sound and music, and how they are used in sound and music information research.
  • Must be able to summarize the importance and relevance of human perception for sound music information research.


Students who complete the module will gain skills as follows:

  • Must be able to analyze and compare a variety of approaches to audio and music content classification, retrieval, and description.
  • Must be able to implement and evaluate methods for sound and music classification.
  • Must be able to explain the concepts behind a complex integrated system for working with the contents of audio and/or music signals.
  • Must be able to analyze the approaches and algorithms applied in a piece of scientific literature in music information research, interpret the assumptions made, and relate them to the goals of the work
  • Produce a project report according to norms of the area, take into consideration relevant literature, apply correct terminology and convey the research-based foundation, problem and results of the project orally and in writing in a coherent manner, including the relationship between the problem formulation, the project’s realization and its conclusions
  • Evaluate and select relevant literature, scientific methods and models and other tools for application in the project work, and evaluate the project’s problem area in a relevant scientific context


Students who complete the module will gain competences as follows:

  • Must be able to design and implement a sound or music information retrieval system.
  • Must be able to discuss, evaluate, and compare sound and music information retreival systems
  • Plan, execute and manage complex research and/or development tasks, and assume a professional responsibility for carrying out, potentially cross-disciplinary, collaborations
  • Assume responsibility for own scientific development and specialization

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work.



Name of examSound and Music Information Research
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral examination based on a written project report and a media-technological product plus an A/V production that illustrates and summarizes the project.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Please see Semester Description.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleInformationsøgning i lyd og musik
Module codeMSNSMCMA2201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design