[Humanist] 28.892 events: querying musical scores

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 892.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:42:31 +0100
        From: Richard Lewis <richard.lewis at gold.ac.uk>
        Subject: Call for participation: C at MERATA: Querying musical scores with English noun phrases


C at MERATA: Querying musical scores with English noun phrases
A Task at MediaEval 2015

Texts about classical music frequently make reference to specific
features of works under discussion. These references can be specific
(e.g. C sharp in the treble clef) or general (fugal passage, Thor's
Hammer). Two kinds of user might be interested in finding such
passages in music. Firstly, musicologists or musicians who often wish
to find detailed features of a work in order to carry out further
analysis or to prepare for a performance. These users know exactly
what they are looking for and can express it in sophisticated natural
language but may need help finding it. Secondly, people learning about
music who would like to see examples of concepts they are not sure
about (e.g. a perfect cadence) so that they can learn more about music

The C at merata task is aimed at both classes of user. Task participants
are asked to develop a system capable of answering a series of short
questions. The two inputs for each question are: (1) a short noun
phrase in English and (2) a short classical music score in
MusicXML. The required response is a list of one or more passages in
the score which contain the feature.

The C at merata 2015 task builds on the first edition of this task in
2014 for which there were 200 questions to be matched against twenty
scores in a carefully defined distribution of question types. Some
questions were simple (e.g. quarter note rest) while others were
slightly harder (e.g. D4 in the right hand). A few were more complex
musically (e.g. tonic triad). Half the questions used English
terminology (e.g. quaver) and half American (e.g. eighth note). The
2015 task will be carried out on similar lines with a wider range of
more challenging questions. However, there will still be a
distribution of easier and more difficult types.

For more details about C at merata, including last year's task,
evaluation measures etc please see: http://csee.essex.ac.uk/camerata/

MediaEval: http://www.multimediaeval.org/

Task Registration: https://www.aanmelder.nl/mediaeval2015/subscribe

Any queries: Contact rsutcl AT essex DOT ac DOT uk or any of the

Richard Sutcliffe, University of Essex
Chris Fox, University of Essex
Eduard Hovy, Carnegie-Mellon University
Deane L. Root, University of Pittsburgh
Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Important Dates, all 2015:
1st May: Release of training data
15th-19th June: Download of questions, upload of answers
26th June: Results to participants
10th July: Submission of draft papers for review
21st August: Submission of final papers
14th-15th September: MediaEval Workshop in Dresden
Richard Lewis
Computing, Goldsmiths' College
t: +44 (0)20 7078 5203
@: lewisrichard
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