how are mood tags in AllMusic generated?

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where do mood categories in AllMusic come from? machine analyzed or directly tagged by people?
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Posted 6 years ago

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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Hi Eli,
Those come directly from our editors (no machine tagging).

Thanks,
Zac
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Thank you very much Zac! Just doing some research on music mood and this helps a lot. Thx!
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How many editors contributed to making the set of mood tags? 10? 100? 1000?
Can you give a ballpark figure?
Also, how many are responsible for allocating the tags to artists once they have been generated? Is is the same set of editors?
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How many editors contributed to making the set of mood tags? 
That's a tough one, since there have been so many editors working on the project over the past 20+ years.  I would say that there were over 100 altogether (including freelance editors at different times) but that would just be a guess.

Also, how many are responsible for allocating the tags to artists once they have been generated? Is is the same set of editors?
Yes, the same editors apply moods to artists and albums.

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Hi Zac,

Thanks so much for the swift reply, I was not expecting that.

I have a few more questions:

1. At this point, are there any new tags being added, or are they pretty much fixed now?

2. Are you able to provide me with stats on the tags? For example, from what I can tell there are 297 distinct tags. Are you able to tell me how often each tag has been used across all music? ( i.e., select tag_name, count(*) from artist_table group by tag_name )
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Answers (as best as I can give them):

1. I believe the Moods are pretty much set at this point. I don't believe there are plans to add new ones at this time.

2. I don't believe we can provide those stats. Sorry.
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1. Ok great that helps.

2. Can you please check? I could crawl the site myself but that would take a lot of work. I know you could do it with one query. I am a university researcher and would love to have this high level summary data for a presentation I am doing.
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Sorry Karshek, 
I do not have access to the databases in the way you are requesting.

AllMusic.com uses an API request model to return data on an album-by-album basis (or artist-by-artist basis) so we don't have direct query to pull those numbers.

Apologies.
Zac Johnson
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Are you able to put me in touch with someone that does? It would be unheard of to not have a data management team in your office/company that could fetch that in a matter of minutes.
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You could put in a request to these folks: content.music@rovicorp.com
This is where we license the information. 

Please note that the information may be proprietary and they may not be willing to share these numbers, even for research purposes.

Best of luck.
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Hello, I have heard that Allmusic allows users/consumers to participate in the labelling of music, including the labelling of the mood of music. You mentioned above that editors created the metadata. How many editors do you have in your company? Can users/consumers serve as editors?

Thanks in advance.

Best,
Bettina

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This is a correction/refinement of my preceding question. On https://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/new-allmusic-feature-write-your-own-album-reviews you mention in 2015 that users/consumers can add reviews (which most likely also include the classification of the music's mood). Are those users' reviews used to refine the mood metadata? Or have all mood tags been determined by professional editors?
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The genre, style, mood and theme tags applied at the Artist and Album level are still provided by the editorial staff. The user reviews for albums that are contributed are just the text of the user's written review for the album, but there is no method for end users to contribute mood tags to the albums or artists.

One area where we are looking for user contributions for genre, style, mood and theme are on the Song pages.  More detail is here:

https://getsatisfaction.com/allmedianetwork/topics/improved-song-pages-on-allmusic