GUIDO/MIR - an Experimental Musical Information Retrieval System based on
GUIDO Music Notation
in Proc. 2nd International International Symposium
on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2001).
Musical databases are growing in number, size, and complexity,
and they are becoming increasingly relevant for a broad range of
academic as well as commercial applications.
The features and performance of musical database systems
critically depend on two factors: The nature and representation
of the information stored in the database, and the search and retrieval
mechanisms available to the user.
In this paper, we present an experimental database and
retrieval system for score-level musical information
based on GUIDO Music Notation as the underlying music representation.
We motivate and describe the database design as well as the
flexible and efficient query and retrieval mechanism,
a query-by-example technique based on probabilistic matching
over a clustered dataset.
This approach has numerous advantages, and based on
experience with a first, experimental implementation,
we believe it provides a solid foundation for powerful, efficient,
and usable database and retrieval systems for structured musical
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