The VocalSearch music search engine

Bryan A Pardo*, David Little, Rui Jiang, Hagai Livni, Jinyu Han

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


The VocalSearch system is a music search engine developed at Northwestern University and available on the internet ( This system lets the user query for the desired song in a number of ways: sung queries, queries entered as music notation, and text-based lyrics search. Users are also able to contribute songs to the system, making them searchable for future users. The result is a flexible system that lets the user find the song using their preferred modality (music notation, text, music notation). This demonstration lets users try out the VocalSearch system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJCDL'08
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2008
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2008
Event8th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2008, JCDL'08 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2008Jun 20 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries


Other8th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2008, JCDL'08
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA


  • Interface
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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