Web services allow permanent access to music from all over the world. Especially in the case of web services with user-supplied content, e.g., YouTube the available metadata is often incomplete or erroneous. On the other hand, a vast amount of high-quality and musically relevant metadata has been annotated in research areas such as Music Information Retrieval (MIR). Although they have great potential, these musical annotations are ofter inaccessible to users outside the academic world. With JazzTube, we want to bridge this gap by enriching publicly available multimedia content with musical annotations available in research corpora, while maintaining easy access to the underlying data. JazzTube offers researchers and music lovers novel possibilities to interact with and navigate through the content. JazzTube is based on the annotations contained in the Weimar Jazz Database (WJD). The WJD contains various rich annotations and metadata related to famous jazz solos. Furthermore, we integrate publicly available data resources from the Semantic Web in order to extend the presented information, for example, with a detailed discography or artists-related information. JazzTube illustrates the potential of modern web-based technologies for the digital humanities, and novel ways for improving access and interaction with digitized multimedia content.
JazzTube is a joint project between the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar) (Martin Pfleiderer, Klaus Frieler, Jakob Abeßer) and the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen (Stefan Balke, Christian Dittmar, Meinard Müller). The International Audio Laboratories Erlangen are a joint institution of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS.