How can older music scores become relevant again?
According to Phys.org, Lancaster University is leading a project that could solve that problem. They are developing technology that will be able to read content from images of thousands of musical scores stored online.
These scores are stored as static images, so it’s not very easy to search through them. Furthermore, if a musician needs to alter a piece for an instrument, he typically has to copy the entire score to make changes.
The project in question is called “Optical Music Recognition from Multiple Sources“. It is led by Dr. Alan Marsden.
The optical music recognition technology will operate similarly to Google Books, allowing people to search scores by phrase or note combinations.
Dr. Marsden says:
“Within a year, we hope to bring about significant improvements in Optical Music Recognition technology, bringing new life to old scores and giving people with an interest in music new opportunities to interact with these large online music libraries.”
This project is one of 21 “Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities” projects being funded by a £4.6 million fund set aside by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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