Why X is interesting?

Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas

Virgil, Georgica (II, v. 490)

The Why X is interesting? series is a series of tutorials first inaugurated by François Pachet with the seminar “Why Jazz is interesting?”, held at ISMIR 2012 in Porto. Why X is interesting? is about about understanding what is interesting in different music genres, and why they are important for MIR research. These tutorials have hence become a tradition of ISMIR. On this page you will find the records and/or slides of all the series, including:

  1. Why Jazz is interesting?  (François Pachet, ISMIR 2012)
  2. Why Brazilian guitar is interesting? (François Pachet and Giordano Cabral, ISMIR 2013)
  3. Why is Greek music interesting?, (André Holzapfel and George Tzanetakis, ISMIR 2014)
  4.  Why is singing interesting? (Simon Dixon, ISMIR 2015)
  5. Why Flamenco is interesting?  (E. Gomez, N. Kroher, J.M. Díaz-Báñez, S. Oramas, ISMIR 2015)
  6. Why is Hip-Hop Interesting, (Jan Van Balen, Ethan Hein, Dan Brown, ISMIR 2016)
  7. Why is studio production interesting?, (Emmanuel Deruty, ISMIR 2016)

If you gave or plan to give a lecture about “why X is interesting” please get in touch with us so that we can showcase your work here.

Why is studio production interesting?, Emmanuel Deruty, ISMIR 2016


Why is Hip-Hop Interesting, Jan Van Balen, Ethan Hein, Dan Brown


Why Flamenco is interesting for MIR research?  by E. Gomez, N. Kroher, J.M. Díaz-Báñez, S. Oramas, ISMIR 2015

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Why is singing interesting by Simon Dixon, ISMIR 2015

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Why is Greek music interesting, by André Holzapfel and George Tzanetakis, ISMIR 2014

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Tutorial at ISMIR 2013 (Curitiba, Brasil): Why Brazilian guitar is interesting? by François Pachet


Why Jazz is interesting?by François Pachet, ISMIR 2012


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