Centre launches follow-on project from Transforming Musicology collaboration

Centre launches follow-on project from Transforming Musicology collaboration

A new follow-on project from the 4 year AHRC-funded Transforming Musicology has now started, led by the Centre.

Transforming Musicology, which completed in December with a final event at Wolfson College Oxford, was a collaboration between the Centre, Goldsmiths University of London and Queen Mary University of London. Through ten topics and mini-projects, the project explored how emerging technologies for working with music as sound and score can transform musicology, adopting Linked Data descriptions during development of its data, methods and results.

The new project, Unlocking Musicology, will continue this work, applying the research outputs from Transforming Musicology beyond academia.

Senior Researcher and project lead Dr Kevin Page will work with four partners to adapt technologies and/or methodologies to their needs:

Working with Emeritus Professor Laurence Dreyfus (Magdalen College, Oxford), the project will design a 'digital companion' to illustrate his reappraisal of Wagner's use of motifs and themes in Lohengrin. The work will deploy cutting-edge music encoding and Linked Data technology to highlight, then display or play, the motifs in Professor Dreyfus' narrative. This draws on two papers; K. Page and C. Rindfleisch (2017): “Linking Leitmotifs: A Digital Study of Leitmotif Interpretations through Ontologically Contextualised Notation”, in International Musicological Society Congress (IMS 2017) and Weigl, D and Page, K, (2017): "A framework for distributed semantic annotation of musical score: Take it to the bridge!", 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2017). For background information see http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/int-musicological-society.

A second partnership with the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) will draw on their comprehensive international bibliography of writings on music, encompassing publications from the early 19th century to the present. Network analyses will be used to identify communities of interests and terms, and provide interactive visualisations to assist RILM and their customers to find material in their holdings. This draws on a paper by David Lewis, Yun Fan, Glenn Henshaw, and Kevin Page (2017): "Musicology of Digital Libraries: structure in RILM.", in Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM '17), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 59-62. For background information see http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/digital-libraries-musicology-workshop.

The project will also create Linked Data for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's Leon Levy Digital Archives, which comprise more than 1.3 million pages including almost 14,000 printed programmes, conducting scores, business documents and photographs. Semantic Web relationships will be aligned with similar corpora of concert ephemera in the UK, potentially allowing users to browse between collections to find, for example, performances of the same work by different orchestras. This draws on a paper by Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Alan Dix, David M. Weigl, and Kevin R. Page (2016): "In Collaboration with In Concert: Reflecting a Digital Library as Linked Data for Performance Ephemera.", in Proceedings of the 3rd International workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM 2016), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 17-24. For background information see http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/DLfM2016.

Finally, in partnership with the Internet Archive, custodians of the Wayback Machine, Unlocking Musicology will work with the Live Music Archive, which contains over 170,000 high quality recordings of live concerts. The project will undertake a musicological investigation of the Archive using computational analyses and tools developed through thte Centre's earlier CALMA project, for example to see how artists change their performance of the same song over time. This draws on a paper by K. Page, S. Bechhofer, G. Fazekas, D. Weigl and T. Wilmering (2017): “Realising a Layered Digital Library: Exploration and Analysis of the Live Music Archive through Linked Data”. In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2017). For background information see: http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/jcdl-award.

'Unlocking Musicology: Digital Engagement for Digital Research' will demonstrate that the methods and techniques of digital musicology can be effectively reapplied in non-academic contexts, and that their digital nature is a transformational enabler in doing so. The results from the project are intended to be made openly available online by building four proof-of-concept demonstrators of the project's approach, so that other researchers and interested parties can explore and unlock novel and exciting ways to access musical content.