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Completion of FolkArtiNet Project

21 December 2021

The year-long FolkArtiNet project, whose objective was to identify technological solutions that could support folk music ensembles in their artistic activities, has come to an end. It was a very engaging and interesting project for us. Locations of ensembles participating in the project Here are some conclusions from the analysis of the data that we […]

The year-long FolkArtiNet project, whose objective was to identify technological solutions that could support folk music ensembles in their artistic activities, has come to an end. It was a very engaging and interesting project for us.

Locations of ensembles participating in the project
Locations of ensembles participating in the project

Here are some conclusions from the analysis of the data that we have collected:

  • Some technology solutions are widely used. No one will probably be surprised by the widespread presence of folk ensembles on social media.
  • Online repositories of musical and choreographic source materials are becoming more and more popular, however, we see a need for their further dissemination both as sources of information and tools for sharing ensembles’ own resources.
  • In practice, ensembles’ digital materials documenting their activities are not stored in reliable repositories ensuring data security. They are often stored on local drives owned by team members.
  • Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the organization of traditional rehearsals and meetings was severely limited, many ensembles did not consider remote rehearsals emphasizing the social aspect of meetings and the need for face-to-face contact during dance ensembles’ rehearsals. Band members, on the other hand, pointed out the negative impact of even small delays that occur in online communication on the synchronization, especially with livelier tunes.
  • Live or VoD streaming of concerts is more common in the case of large artistic events, when recording is carried out with professional equipment by a team hired by the organizer. In the case of smaller concerts, lack of finances to purchase good quality equipment and train people is often a limiting factor in making concert and rehearsals recordings available online.

 
FolkArtiNet will be featured at the next year’s DARIAH Annual Event, which will take place May 31 – June 03, 2022.

FBC TeNe has started

1 April 2021

The kick-off meeting for FBC TeNe took place on March 9 and has been attended by partners from Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center – leader of the project consortium, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Poznan University of Technology. The meeting was held as a videoconference due to the pandemic. One […]

The kick-off meeting for FBC TeNe took place on March 9 and has been attended by partners from Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center – leader of the project consortium, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Poznan University of Technology. The meeting was held as a videoconference due to the pandemic.

One of the elements of the agenda was presentation of an engineering project supervised by dr. Ewa Łukasik at the Institute of Computer Science of the Poznan University of Technology, related to OMR technology. Three students – Mateusz Kałamoniak, Zuzanna Piniarska and Michał Subocz – implemented a prototype of a system converting staff notation into symbolic representation, based on deep neural networks. Zuzanna Piniarska and Mateusz Kałamoniak participated in the meeting and presented stages of the conversion process, training sets, challenges they encountered and directions of the future system development.

Engineering project presentation

OMR is one of the research areas addressed in FBC TeNe project. Tools that will be implemented as a result, will be used to generate symbolic representation of staff content
available in FBC and to make music content based indexing, search and filtering possible.

Successful end of 2020

23 December 2020

One more of  our project proposals has been qualified for financing. FBC-TeNe has  an objective to increase availability of digital resources of Polish cultural and scientific institutions by extending Digital Libraries Federation (FBC, https://fbc.pionier.net.pl/) functionality with content-based search. Until now content search in FBC was based only on metadata. By generating digital resource representation that […]

One more of  our project proposals has been qualified for financing. FBC-TeNe has  an objective to increase availability of digital resources of Polish cultural and scientific institutions by extending Digital Libraries Federation (FBC, https://fbc.pionier.net.pl/) functionality with content-based search.

Until now content search in FBC was based only on metadata. By generating digital resource representation that can be indexed we will be able to offer content-based search. That includes music content whose symbolic representation will be obtained with Optical Music Recognition methods. Such a representation will enable new ways of searching for digital music resources.

 

DARIAH-PL Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities project selected for funding

18 December 2020

Verification and evaluation of project applications submitted under the Operational Programme Intelligent Development 2014-2020 Action 4.2 4/4.2/2020 has been completed and DARIAH-PL Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities project has been selected for funding. The objective of the project is to build an infrastructure for research in a wide range of areas in arts […]

Verification and evaluation of project applications submitted under the Operational Programme Intelligent Development 2014-2020 Action 4.2 4/4.2/2020 has been completed and DARIAH-PL Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities project has been selected for funding.

The objective of the project is to build an infrastructure for research in a wide range of areas in arts and humanities, and for supporting research results applications in various branches of industry. The MIR WG member institutions are also members of the project consortium. Our objective is to develop machine learning based methods and algorithms for data and knowledge explorations in the fields of music, especially Polish traditional music.

Our proposal to the 2020 DARIAH Theme call has been accepted

18 December 2020

One of the streams of the annual DARIAH Theme funding for 2020 was ‘Arts Exchanges’ with the goal to “… to embark on collaborative projects with artists and grow our understanding of the infrastructural requirements of this community with regards to the technologies they use”. In our proposal “Folk music groups: their artistic practice and […]

One of the streams of the annual DARIAH Theme funding for 2020 was ‘Arts Exchanges’ with the goal to “… to embark on collaborative projects with artists and grow our understanding of the infrastructural requirements of this community with regards to the technologies they use”.

In our proposal “Folk music groups: their artistic practice and infrastructural needs in the COVID-19 era and beyond” we have planned cooperation with folk music artist groups with an objective to identify infrastructural requirements of this community in the COVID-19 era and beyond. We plan to investigate, understand and determine whether currently available tools and infrastructures can address the requirements or whether new tools and services should be developed.

The project has started on December 1, 2020 and will last 12 months.

Ethnomusicological Research Environment Presentation at JCDL’20

5 August 2020

The prototype of our ethnomusicological research environment was presented during ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). In the paper entitled „Digital Library Adaptation for Traditional Music and Content-Based Research: Polish Sound Archives and dLibra” we have presented our motivation for building music research support environment, a number of issues and challenges we have encountered […]

The prototype of our ethnomusicological research environment was presented during ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). In the paper entitled „Digital Library Adaptation for Traditional Music and Content-Based Research: Polish Sound Archives and dLibra” we have presented our motivation for building music research support environment, a number of issues and challenges we have encountered in the process, the environment concept, building stages that have already been completed and plans for its further development.

 

JCDL is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. This year the conference took place in August, 1-5 in a virtual mode. During the Digital Libraries -3 session we have presented details on how the dLibra Digital Library Framework was adapted for traditional music content and integration with external music processing tools. The presentation was divided into three sections covering the current state of Polish sound archives in the context of existing music digital library systems (MDLs), dLibra Digital Library Framework and adaptations that have been applied to better serve music and music related content, and two web-based music processing modules, SoundScribe and WebEsAC.

MIRELA presentation at DLfM 2019

6 November 2019

Last year we had an opportunity to introduce an idea of music information research environment based on Polish traditional music archive and digital library software dLibra to MIR community at the 5th DLfM in Paris. Since then the idea has materialized in the form of MIRELA – Music Information Environment with dLibrA whose prototype will […]

Last year we had an opportunity to introduce an idea of music information research environment based on Polish traditional music archive and digital library software dLibra to MIR community at the 5th DLfM in Paris. Since then the idea has materialized in the form of MIRELA – Music Information Environment with dLibrA whose prototype will be presented at the 6th DLfM in Hague.
The presentation will cover the prototype content repository integrated with music processing modules and results of tests conducted with a set of musical samples and related multimodal data from the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences’ digitized phonographic archives of Polish traditional music.

 

The demo version of MIERLA repository has been open to public at https://mir-wg.dariah.pl/repo/dlibra. It contains a selection of recordings from IAPAS’ and exemplary outputs produced by WebEsAC and SoundScribe – two music processing modules integrated with dLibra. Due to its prototype status the repository is currently available in read-only mode.

WebEsAC and SoundScribe presentation at DARIAH Annual Event 2019

7 May 2019

WebEsAC 2.0 and SoundScribe,  applications implemented as a part of  MIR virtual research environment for scholars working on various aspects of traditional music, will be presented during DARIAH Annual Event 2019. This year conference will take place on May 15-17 in Warsaw and will concentrate on issues related to the nature of data collected by […]

WebEsAC 2.0 and SoundScribe,  applications implemented as a part of  MIR virtual research environment for scholars working on various aspects of traditional music, will be presented during DARIAH Annual Event 2019. This year conference will take place on May 15-17 in Warsaw and will concentrate on issues related to the nature of data collected by humanists.

As a MIR Working Group, we will have an opportunity  to present progress on developing virtual research environment for musicologists. The MIR virtual environment concept will be introduced during plenary session „Invited ignite talks” with a more detailed presentation given during   “Technical Solutions” session.

The starting point for the environment was MIR content repository. The subsequent steps included  development of music processing tools. WebEsAC, which offers an online access to a database containing symbolic representation of tunes in EsAC format, was extended with functionality to manage user access and rights, validate EsAC records, extract  scale, convert melodic line into a sequence of intervals and calculate various statistics. SoundScribe can transcribe melody from an audio file with pYIN algorithm.  The predominant melody of an audio recording is identified and  converted into MIDI data and symbolic music notation.

 

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WebEsAC presentation at NTAV 2018

15 October 2018

WebEsAC, a prototype application  supporting archiving and searching for traditional Polish music in a symbolic text-based EsAC notation, has been presented at the XVII Symposium on  New Trends in Audio and Video (NTAV) in Poznań. NTAV is biennial event  organized by the Polish section of Audio Engineering Society. EsAC was developed for monophonic music, with […]

WebEsAC, a prototype application  supporting archiving and searching for traditional Polish music in a symbolic text-based EsAC notation, has been presented at the XVII Symposium on  New Trends in Audio and Video (NTAV) in Poznań. NTAV is biennial event  organized by the Polish section of Audio Engineering Society.

EsAC was developed for monophonic music, with European folksong databases in mind. WebEsAC offers an online access to a database where each tune is saved as a separate record with a structure and melody representation defined by EsAC.  Implementation of EsAC-to-MIDI and MIDI-to-EsAC converters gives additional flexibility to the system and allows aural verification of encoded melody and rhythm. It is an example of functionality dedicated for music content that will be incorporated in MIR content repository.

Prototype MIR content repository ready for use

12 September 2018

A prototype MIR content repository has been set up based on dLibra digital library software developed by PSNC and with a sample of IAPAS phonographic collections. The repository is a starting point for further MIR WG research and development activities whose objective is to build a virtual research environment for scholars working on various aspects […]

A prototype MIR content repository has been set up based on dLibra digital library software developed by PSNC and with a sample of IAPAS phonographic collections. The repository is a starting point for further MIR WG research and development activities whose objective is to build a virtual research environment for scholars working on various aspects of traditional music.

The phonograpic collection sample includes metadata characterizing media and content, audio files, scans of archival documents with song lyrics and related photographs. The objects are organized into several collections.

dLibra – a repository software for digital libraries, archives and museums has been developed by PSCN since 1999. Using the dLibra package, the repository has been set up in a relatively short time required to configure a new instance for MIR needs related to metadata schema, music object characteristics, collection structure, and users access rights. dLibra offers a wide range of functionalities which makes the repository a good starting point for further work towards accessibility of  music content for analysis and sharing of musicology research results.