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This story describes the use of a Music Digital Library developed using the Variations suite of tools developed by the Indiana University Digital Library Program with funding from NSF, the Mellon Foundations and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
The current system could be expanded to provide analysis tools for any recorded sound.
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A Researcher A wants to compare several performances of Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. He turns to his computer, opens a music search tool, and types "brahms" in the composer field and "concerto" in the title field. Scanning the search results, he sees the work he wants and clicks on it, generating a list of all available recordings and scores of that work. He selects recordings of three performances, along with an encoded version of the score, and creates bookmarks for each of them. He instructs the system to synchronize each recording with the score, then uses a set of controls that allow him to play back the piece and view the score, cycling among the three performances on the fly.
To help him navigate within the piece, he creates form diagrams for each of its four movements by dividing a timeline of each movement into sections and grouping the sections into higher-level structures. He then uses the timeline to move around within the piece, comparing the performances and storing his notes as text annotations attached to individual time spans. To find a particular section he's interested in, he might play a sequence of notes on a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) keyboard attached to his computer, prompting the system to locate the sequence in the score. When he finishes, he exports the timelines as an interactive Web page and email the page to his collaborator for comment.
Professor B is teaching a course in music theory. She wants to develop an interactive set of assignments that allow her students to demonstrate their understanding of repetitive themes within a single piece of music. She opens the music search tool, creates the list of scores to be examined by the students, and publishes this list to her class website. From the class website, a student clicks on a title and is launched into a music annotation tool. The student listens to the piece and uses the timeline tools to mark each theme. Using the synchronization tool, the student can see the score and make annotations. The student can then export the timeline and sent the resulting webpage to Professor B for assessment.
Professor Q, a professor of folklore, is collecting oral histories of local storytellers. Using a digital voice recorder, she has multiple interviews with each of her subjects. She uploads the files to the server. She has several graduate assistants transcribe the notes. These, too, are stored on the server. When the data is ready, she begins to analyze the data using the timeline tool to note the beginnings and endings of stories, the commentary that the subject provided for each story, the different phases of the subjects life, etc. Professor Q and her GAs can use the synchronization tool to coordinate the audio to the transcription. Using the annotation tools, Professor Q can add her own analysis and observations. The timelines and other products can be exported to an interactive Web page that can be sent out for peer review.