Finding mood labels for songs instead of albums

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I am looking for mood labels for individual songs, but receive only a collection of diverse mood labels for an entire album. Is there a way to retrieve the mood labels just of one track/song? Thanks in advance.
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We only have song moods for a handful of more popular songs and the information hasn't been updated or kept up-to-date for a while.
http://www.allmusic.com/song/one-mt0002628884

We have plans to enable our users to contribute styles, moods and themes to songs and we hope to roll that out in the upcoming weeks, so hopefully more songs will get this full treatment.

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Hi Zac,

Thanks so much for your answer.

I am not sure that I asked my question precisely enough.(I cannot fully relate your answer to my question.)

AllMusic has great mood labels such as those (see below):

http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-amazing-spider-man-2-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-mw00026423...

The problem is, however, that they refer to the entire album although they must have been retrieved from individual songs. It would not make sense if a listener labeled an entire album although tracks have diverse moods. Or: do you think the listeners have added the mood labels just from memory (after having listened to the entire album)?


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The moods associated on an album are adjectives that describe the sound and feel of the whole work and are indeed made up of the individual songs on the album. 

That's why you'll see an album that might have a mood of Calm/Relaxed and a mood of Boisterous. 
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Thanks, Zac. This is exactly my problem. How can I find out which of the mood labels refer to which song?
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In many* cases if you click on a song title you'll be taken to the details for that song.

For example if you look at The White Album by The Beatles:
http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-beatles-white-album-mw0000418113

Clicking on the loud, energetic song "Back in the U.S.S.R." brings back the following moods:



And then clicking on the quiet acoustic song "Blackbird" brings back different moods, specific to that song:


To answer your question more specifically, we don't have a way to display this level of detail on the album level.  We don't say "On this album, songs 7,9,16 and 22 are Energetic, songs 1,3, and 5 are Calm/Relaxing, song 17 is Springlike, etc."


* To complicate matters further, the example you gave above is from a motion picture soundtrack which has been cataloged under our Classical format (and the individual classical works/songs are not assigned moods in the same way).

Hope this helps.
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Dear Zac,

Thanks so much. This clarifies everything! So, the confusion was caused because I had picked an album that is not suited to serve as a good example because it provides limited mood labels...

Another question (aiming at solving the problem of 'incomplete' lists of mood labels): is there a procedure/strategy/tool to ask the community of users to label specific songs? (I am interested in how people label songs and what kind of adjectives they use for a specific style of music.)

All the best.
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We don't plan to ask users to profile a list of specific "incomplete" songs. Much like when we launched our User Rating and User Review projects, we figured that music fans would pick the songs that they felt strongly about and add their expertise to those.

The users will have the ability to label songs with the same mood attributes that are used by the editorial staff, so the descriptions will stay uniform (no free-form fields to type into and submit).

The interface for submitting moods will be similar to the interface on our Advanced Search page.

Here is an example:



Stay tuned!
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Curious question: How did you choose the mood attributes?
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That is a good question. AllMusic has been around in some form or another since 1991 and a lot of the information we display was established a long time ago.

I don't really know the original idea behind which moods were selected, but I think that the music editors even then wanted to come up with a fairly complete list of the different adjectives that would describe all kinds of music.
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Hi Zac, 

Hope you do not mind if I continue the thread from last year. Today, I tried to get a survey on pieces/albums that belong to a specific genre and additionally share the same mood with each other. This search (advanced search) was not possible. The mood attribute exists, but the system does not indicate it. Is there a way to carry out the described search?

All best.
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Can you give me a specific example of what you were trying to do?

On Advanced Album Search, you were looking for Jazz albums that were both "Lazy" and "Relaxed"?

Something like that?
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I have looked for "Stage and Screen" (Genre and Styles) + "heroic" (mood). (I am curious to see all pieces whose mood is classified as 'heroic'.)

Does this help?