Paris in 2002, Barcelona in 2004, London in 2005, and now finally Vienna! For the fourth time in its history the International Sconference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) will be held in Europe. Needless to say that ISMIR in Vienna will be the best ever. Following a new all time high in the number of submitted papers rumors are quickly spreading that tickets are already almost sold out (just like in London 2005). Seems like everyone wanted to get the early registration bonus (which ends on the 31st of July). It also seems like two of my Last.fm colleagues and I have been lucky enough to grab some of the last tickets for the highly anticipated tutorial on music recommendation given by Paul Lamere and Oscar Celma. However, the other three tutorials are just as exciting, I wouldn’t be surprised if the organizers will need to find bigger lecture rooms.
There are so many reasons why ISMIR in Vienna will be the best ever that I could spend the rest of my life writing them down. Two of the main reasons are that it’s the right place and the right time.
It’s the right place because Vienna is the most beautiful city in the world with the highest living standards (and yet affordable prices). Vienna has a rich history in music, and Vienna is located in the heart of Europe which is currently one of the leading forces in music information retrieval research.
It’s the right time because music information retrieval has never been more exciting. The whole music industry is just about to undergo massive transformations driven by technological changes. Music consumption habits of the younger generation have already changed drastically, and music is surrounding us like never before.
> Join the ISMIR 2007 group on Facebook here.
> Read about ISMIR 2007 on Paul’s blog here and here.