Posted on 04 December 2012

Part 7 in a series of videos recorded from ACM MIRUM 2012 in Nara, Japan.

Music information retrieval research often focuses on music recommendations made by computers. Then again, many recommendations are also shared between human beings, of course. However, this "real-world music recommendation system" among human beings has not been scrutinzed as carefully as computerized music recommenders. How does musical taste spread? How does musical opinion diffuse within a network of friends and family?

Based upon a study of nineteen adolescents, Audrey Laplante's research suggests that musical taste spreads within a social network, and particularly, from those people who have deep musical knowledge, are musically involved, and stay up to date with recent musical trends.