Looking Beyond Genres: Semantic Layers Database

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Semantic layers of Music-Related Tags

is a database containing 12,386 tags that have been attributed with scores according to the following categories:


  • Adjective: noun denoting attribute of people and objects.
  • Affect: noun denoting feelings and emotions.
  • Album: title of a musical album of the tagged song.
  • Artist: artist name, author of the tagged song.
  • Genre: musical genre.
  • Geographic: noun refering to a spatial position.
  • Instrument: instrument name.
  • Lyrics: a term found in the lyrics of the tagged song.
  • Time-place: term denoting a given circumstance.
  • Songtitle: title of the tagged song.

For more details, please see the full reference:

Ferrer, R. & Eerola, T. (2011) Looking Beyond Genres: Identifying Meaningful Semantic Layers from Tags in Online Music Collections. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), vol. 2, pp.112-117 Honolulu, Hawaii.


contact: rafael.ferrer-flores@jyu.fi