COmputation and FLAmenco:
Why is flamenco interesting for MIR research?

Tutorial: Monday October 26th, 2015, Málaga, Spain 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR).



This tutorial provides an introduction to flamenco music with the support of MIR techniques. At the same time, the tutorial analyzes the challenges and opportunities that this music repertoire presents to MIR researchers, presents some research contributions and provides a forum to discuss about how address those challenges in future research.
As ISMIR 2015 is in in Málaga, this tutorial will give ISMIR participants a unique chance to discover flamenco music in its original location. The tutorial will be structured in two main parts. First, we will provide a general introduction to flamenco music: origins and evolution, musical characteristics, instrumentation, singing and guitar. We will illustrate this introduction with multimedia material and live performance. Then we will analyze how MIR technologies perform for flamenco music. By discussing about several MIR tasks and how they should be addressed in this context, we will discover more about flamenco and how methods tailored to this repertoire can be exploited in other contexts. We will focus on automatic transcription, singer identification, music similarity, genre classification, rhythmic and melodic pattern detection and context-based music description methods. Participants will have the chance to interact with MIR annotated datasets and tools developed for flamenco music in the context of the COFLA project. Audience MIR researchers with an interest on oral music traditions in general and flamenco music in particular.

Speakers: Emilia Gómez, Nadine Kroher, Jose Miguel Díaz-Báñez, Sergio Oramas, Joaquín Mora
Cante/Singing: Hilario Jiménez


PART I: 14:30-16:00

Welcome and presentation (5′)
Introduction to flamenco music (30′): [PDF]

  • History: origins and evolution
  • Styles and musical characteristics: instrumentation, melody, harmony
  • Rhythm

corpusCOFLA: A research corpus for the computational study of flamenco music (15′) [PDF]
Melody extraction and automatic transcription (25’) [PDF]
Discovery of repeated melodic patterns (15’) [PDF]

BREAK: 16:00-16:30 (listening to flamenco music )

PART II 16:30-18:00
Similarity and style classification (25’) [PDF]
Flamenco on the web (15’) [PDF]
Live flamenco performance (50’):

  • Cante por tonás
  • Cante con guitarra
  • Fiesta por Sevillanas





Tutorial supported by the COFLA ( P12-TIC-1362) and SIGMUS (TIN2012-36650) projects.