Scoreilluminator: Automatic illumination of orchestra scores for readability improvement

Masaki Matsubara, Hiroyuki Okamoto, Tomohisa Sano, Hiroya Susuki, Shiho Hoshi Nobesawa, Hiroaki Saito

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Abstract

As an orchestra has many kinds of instruments, its score consists of many parts (staves of instruments) and needs large amount of space to express even a small piece of music. This makes the musical structure of a score difficult to understand. Musicians must be proficient in score reading before they can understand the structure of a score. To solve this problem, this paper proposes a method to illuminate orchestral scores automatically to help players for easy score reading by coloring musical staves. This method, called ScoreIlluminator, introduces four features to calculate the similarity between parts. These features represent rhythm, sonic richness, melody and harmony. Each indivisual part is clustered by the k-means algorithm using these four features. Our empirical results show that our method succeeds in improving the readability of a score by illuminating similar parts with colors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Pages113-116
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780971319271
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1
Event2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 2009 Aug 162009 Aug 21

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009

Other

Other2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period09/8/1609/8/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology

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    Matsubara, M., Okamoto, H., Sano, T., Susuki, H., Nobesawa, S. H., & Saito, H. (2009). Scoreilluminator: Automatic illumination of orchestra scores for readability improvement. In Proceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009 (pp. 113-116). (Proceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009). International Computer Music Association.