Visual collaging of music in a digital library

Bainbridge, D., Cunningham, S. J., Downie, J. S. (2004) C. L. Buyoli and R. Loureiro (eds), Proc Fifth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR2004), Barcelona, Spain, 397-402. Audiovisual Institute Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

This article explores the role visual browsing can play within a digital music library. The context to the work is provided through a review of related techniques drawn from the fields of digital libraries and human computer interaction. Implemented within the open source digital library toolkit Greenstone, a prototype system is described that combines images located through textual metadata with a visualisation technique known as collaging to provide a leisurely, undirected interaction with a music collection. Emphasis in the article is given to the augmentations of the basic technique to work in the musical domain.