Sample Identification in Hip Hop Music

  • Jan Van Balen
  • Joan Serrà
  • Martín Haro
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7900)


Sampling is a creative tool in composition that is widespread in popular music production and composition since the 1980’s. However, the concept of sampling has for a long time been unaddressed in Music Information Retrieval. We argue that information on the origin of samples has a great musicological value and can be used to organise and disclose large music collections. In this paper we introduce the problem of automatic sample identification and present a first approach for the case of hip hop music. In particular, we modify and optimize an existing fingerprinting approach to meet the necessary requirements of a realworld sample identification task. The obtained results show the viability of such an approach, and open new avenues for research, especially with regard to inferring artist influences and detecting musical reuse.


Digital Sampling Sample Recognition Musical Influence Content-based Music Retrieval 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Van Balen
    • 1
  • Joan Serrà
    • 2
  • Martín Haro
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Music Technology GroupUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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