Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information (SALAMI)

SALAMI is an innovative and ambitious computational musicology project. To date, musical analysis has been conducted by individuals and on a small scale. Our computational approach, combined with the huge volume of data now available from such source as the Internet Archive, will: a) deliver a very substantive corpus of musical analyses in a common framework for use by music scholars, students and beyond; and, b) establish a methodology and tooling which will enable others to add to this in the future and to broaden the application of the techniques we establish. A resource of SALAMI’s magnitude empowers musicologists to approach their work in a new and different way, starting with the data, and to ask research questions that have not been possible before.

There are two resources available on this site:

  • Annotation data: Visit this page to access the annotation data and to learn about how it was collected.
  • Blog: Here you’ll find updates about SALAMI features and tools. The older posts recount the data collection process.
  • Background: The background page gives an overview of the SALAMI project. It consists mainly of the proposal for the Digging Into Data grant that SALAMI was awarded in 2009.

Through a Digging Into Data grant, this research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, by the National Science Foundation, and by JISC.