Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Title

A Graphical Representation of Digital Music Libraries Using Relational and Absolute Data to Discover Your Collection

Student(s)

Lisa Dalhuijsen

Year

2011

Abstract

This paper proposes a visualization system for digital music collections. The system uses both relational data (e.g. similar artists) and absolute data (e.g. song tempo  and genre). All of the data is readily available for all popular music and require no manual work from the user. Artists, albums and songs are represented as nodes in a network. A force based graph determines the positions of the nodes on screen. User test results show that the new system helps the users to find the music they want to hear. The visualization provides a truly new view on the information that can't be easily conveyed in text. It provides a good overview of the music at a glance and offers new insights into the collection.

Full Reference

Lisa Dalhuijsen, "A Graphical Representation of Digital Music Libraries Using Relational and Absolute Data to Discover Your Collection", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2011