Automatic genre identification and ‘similar track’ matching

200804101846.jpgI’ve got a bit of new music lately, and I’ve noticed that the genre is always a bit off. Genre is a pretty tricky thing to figure out for most modern music, as there’s so much ‘cross-pollination’ going on in the music world. Additionally, over a single album, several genres may be visited (eg. folk, acoustic, pop).

There’s no way anyone’s going to go through every track independently and assign a genre (unless they’re seriously O.C.D). So, automatic genre setting (a new AutoRate feature?).

It looks like there has been some work done in the field, although it looks like it’s all still at the early-research stage; I haven’t found any available software. So there’s another possible project.

Another use could be to build a database of tracks in the local music library, and offer similar tracks when playing, constructing an automatic playlist. The same could be done with an online database, similar to Pandora.

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  1. Posted April 10, 2008 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    I update the genre on every new track I add to my library. I have a neat and pretty genre list. Am I OCD? :)

  2. katie
    Posted June 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    has any program been created for this that you know of?

  3. Posted October 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink


    First of all, I’m a big Autorate fan! Second, I was looking around on your blog, saw this post and wanted to tell you about this discussion I had on Metafilter about exactly this issue: I’ve used an adapted version of the script mentioned in there ever since, and I’m still happy with it.