Collection launched: 07 Aug 2020
The International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) is held annually since 2000 and is the world’s leading research forum on processing, searching, organising and accessing music-related data. To commemorate the anniversary of 20 years of ISMIR, the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR) put together a special issue which reflects on the development of MIR as a research field by charting its progress over the last two decades and elaborating on its future. This collection of papers consists of submissions to an open call and of invited extended versions of anniversary papers already presented at the 20th ISMIR Conference in Delft, the Netherlands, 2019. Our guest editors asked for thought-provoking and insightful papers reflecting on the evolution of the MIR field as a whole or particular topics therein. All accepted papers provide a critical state-of-the-art overview of a broad MIR problem area and at the same time discuss its midterm future.