Weigl & Page paper on Music Encoding and Linked Data presented at ISMIR

Weigl & Page paper on Music Encoding and Linked Data presented at ISMIR

A paper by Research Associate Dr David Weigl and Senior Researcher Dr Kevin Page on Music Encoding and Linked Data was presented at the ISMIR Music Information Retrieval Conference on 24 October.

The 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference took place at National University of Singapore Research Institute (NUSRI) in Suzhou, China, from October 23-27, 2017.

The paper is a product of the Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies (FAST) project. It presents the Music Encoding and Linked Data (MELD) framework for distributed real-time annotation of digital music scores.

The paper describes a MELD implementation and deployment which augments the digital music scores used by musicians in a group performance, collaboratively changing the sequence within and between pieces in a set list. The MELD framework has previously been applied within "Climb!", a virtuoso piece and musical game for Disklavier (see http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/audio-mostly), and to musicological scholarship (see http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/int-musicological-society). In the future, it is hoped that MELD may find applications in other musical contexts such as live score revision during rehearsals and arrangement.

Music Information Retrieval is a highly interdisciplinary field, incorporating elements from the disciplines of signal processing, machine learning, psychology, musicology, electrical engineering, computer science, and many more. The Centre has been involved in this field for a number of years and regularly presents papers at ISMIR (see 2016 programme).

In a presentation of his earlier doctoral work in MIR, research associate Dr David Weigl gave a seminar in early 2017 as part of the Bodleian's Research Uncovered Series. He presented the outcomes of a systematic analysis of the MIR literature to identify different conceptualizations of relevance in a musical context. The outcomes of the analysis establish a broad account of the state of knowledge in the field by triangulating convergent findings of disparate studies in order to identify areas of commonality, and outline several under-explored areas, pointing the way for future research.

The Centre was also be involved in organising the satellite workshop Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM), which took place on 28 October at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for 30 participants working on, and with, Digital Library systems and content in the domain of music and musicology. Dr Page founded the workshop in 2014 with Dr Ben Fields (Goldsmiths), arising from their participation in the AHRC-funded Transforming Musicology project.