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Semantic HIFI

Activity Period: 
01/12/2003 - 01/12/2006


Browsing, listening, interacting, performing, sharing on future HIFI systems

Work Description/Objectives

In the context of large-scale digital music distribution, the goal of the project is to develop a new generation of HIFI systems, offering new functionality for browsing, interacting, rendering, personalizing and editing musical material.

This next generation of hard-disk based HIFI systems will drastically change the home users’ relationship to music and multimedia content. They will be able to interact with music, blurring the traditional limits between playing, performing and remixing. These HIFI systems will be as much open instruments as listening stations.

Main functions proposed

  • RTEmagicC_shf_user_feedback_01.jpgpersonalized classification and content-based management of music pieces; query by humming; automated playlist generation specified by global and content-based criteria,
  • high-quality home sound spatialization with automatic compensation of the acoustic listening context; 3D audio real-time navigation in the sound scene with assisted mixing,
  • browsing within musical pieces,
  • personalized editing and composition tools, DJ application,
  • instrumental and vocal tools and automatic accompaniment,
  • sharing of the indexing, composition and performance work through P2P networks.

Project Details

Action Line

Networked audiovisual systems and home platforms


IST (Information Society Technology)

Program Type

European Commission 6th FWP (Sixth Framework Programme)





IRCAM, FR (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique)


Ben Gurion University, IL
Fraunhofer IDMT, DE (Fraunhofer Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie )
IRCAM, FR (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique)
Native Instruments, DE
Sony CSL, FR (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris)
Sony EuTEC, DE (European Technology Center)
UPF, ES (Pompeu Fabra University )

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