Optical Music Recognition for Interactive Score Display

Ringwalt, Dan and Dannenberg, Roger and Russell, Andrew

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Optical music recognition (OMR) is the task of recognizing images of musical scores. In this paper, improved algorithms for the fi rst steps of optical music recognition were developed, which facilitated bulk annotation of scanned scores for use in an interactive score display system. Creating an initial annotation by OMR and verifying by hand substantially reduced the manual eff ort required to process scanned scores to be used in a live performance setting.