ISMIR 2018 round up

ISMIR 2018 round up

At the end of September, FeedForward was pleased to sponsor ISMIR 2018 (International Society for Music Information Retrieval) and the team spent an excellent week in Paris. Here’s a round-up of the key things we took away from the week.

Key takeaways

Deep learning continues to match / outperform traditional approaches

Whilst the field of MIR is decades old and deep learning has only been making a significant appearance over the last five years or so, basic deep learning models are already competitive with or outperforming the existing traditional state of the art models.

In the news: MusicWeek

In the news: MusicWeek

We’re happy to be featured in Sammy Andrews (CEO of Deviate Digital)’s column, Viewpoint, in Music Week.

Welcome to the first of many columns I’m going to be writing for Music Week. Expect a mix of futurology, topical digital debates and perhaps the occasional swear word if I’m in full-on rant mode!

I thought I’d kick off my first column with the recent news that Spotify is testing direct artist uploads. It’s the latest in a series of moves and shakes at Spotify that I heavily suspect are part of a wider play.

Direct content upload is far from a new idea. YouTube, SoundCloud and even Pandora have all had this function for years (along with content ID systems that Spotify will now have to deploy when this rolls out widely) but, as Spotify currently claims 36% of the global music streaming market, this is a significant development that will undoubtedly impact artist deal decisions going forward.

First Deep Learning Day at KDD co-organised by FeedForward co-founder.

The annual KDD conference is the premier interdisciplinary conference bringing together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data.

For the first time, KDD will host a full Deep Learning Day as a key event, specifically dedicated to the field. The goal will be to provide a clear, wide overview of recent developments in deep learning, including emerging topics deserving of more attention, such as graph convolutional neural networks or computational optimal transport.

FeedForward co-founder, Kevin Webster, is co-organising the Deep Learning Day, which will feature speakers from organisations including DeepMind, Tesla and MIT.

For further details, head to or contact Kevin at