Root Music Report: Music is More Than An Auditory Experience

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“Optical Music Recognition is key problem. Many people face it while coding music sheet of western music. In digital world, optical music process is on critical phase. Optical processing of music and parts of reconstruction of original music symbol is another main issue. One approach is to use Object-oriented optical music recognition system.”

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OMR system is used by American roots music artists for music score recognition. It is easy to confuse this term with OCR (Optical Character Recognition), system used for reading textual document. OCR refers to system that is segmentation and recognition of single character. Generally, OCR technique is rarely used in music score recognition. OMR is one of complex problems and since it includes several composite symbols that are arranged around note head. 

There are several commercial OMR systems. For example, MIDISCAN, PIANOSCAN, NOTESCAN in Nightingale, SightReader in Finale and PhotoScore in Sibelius, etc. OMR systems are easy to classify on basis of granulation chosen to recognize symbols for music score. There can be two main approaches to basic symbols: –

  • Connected component remaining after starveling removal.
  • Elementary graphic symbol, for example, note heads, rests, hooks and dots. 

For first approach called segmentation, symbols can be isolated from music sheet. But, if number of symbols is too high, in second approach different symbols are obtained from composition of basic symbols. This often leads to explosion of complexity for recognition tools. So, compromise is necessary between complexity and system capabilities. 

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Architecture Of OMR System 

  • Segmentation: Detection and Extraction of basic symbols from music sheet Image.
  • Recognition: Basic Symbol Recognition from segmented image of music sheet.
  • Reconstruction: Constructing from music information and building logic description of music notation. 
  •  Building: Creating music notation model for representing music notation as symbolic description of initial music sheet. 

Optical Music Recognition (OMR)

OMR can be defined as acronym used to state automatic music recognition and reader system. This is a software that recognizes music notation producing symbolic representation of music. In robust system, you can get convenient and time-saving input method to transform paper-based music scores. It is also used. By allowing music sheets conversion to machine-readable format helps in the development of application for automatic accompaniment. It helps in transposition and part extraction for individual instruments and representation of music in different formats. For example, MIDI, etc. It is essential to compare score reading to text recognition. Moreover, this comparison can suggest strategies for tracking score reading problem. Even to highlight problem to score reading and product better understanding of capabilities and limitations of current character recognition technology. You cannot use OCR technologies in music score recognition. This is because of the reason that music notation presents two-dimensional structure. 

So, to recognize text, lines of text are identified by searching for long horizontal space between two lines. Where each line is processed in sequence, in each line of text, single character is handled one at a time, without considering their connection. Simple region labelling algorithm can extract character for individual handling. So, shaped character can be often times mistaken as, for example, the letter ‘l’ is taken as ‘1’ (number one). This is quite a common error, in music page and roots music reports. Isolating glyphs on-page of music is difficult because of overlap and have different sizes. 

It is always final composition of music that is way more complex as compared to text. Although text can have relevant information in sequence of characters. Even though font information would be desirable, commercial optical character readers often supply only a limited amount of font information. , in terms of data structures, this information is represented as sorted sequence of character to which font and size properties are attached. Font on newspaper is in relative size and position of text provided information that can supplement the meaning of words. In other words, information about the importance and highlight relationship is with piece of surrounding information. 

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Bream group set of notes is attached to its means by their stems. Then key signature is recognized as a cluster of accidental not beside note heads. In case of accidental modification of note on right, dot note on left.  To address problem of music recognition different recognition systems in used, character recognition is inadequate for reading music. 

Relevant steps of OMR Process include: –

  •  Digitalization of music score or sheet which is getting in image.
  • Image processing on acquired images. 
  • Identification and removal of traveling from image. 
  • Reconstruction and Classification of music symbols. 
  • Post-graphic elaboration for classifying music symbols.
  • Generation of symbolic representation into symbolic format for music notations. 

It is necessary to elaborate and filter on image as identification and possible removable of staff is mandator. The graphics analysis, for example, basic symbol identification, segmentation, composition, and classification is core of OMR systems. There are several other techniques of methods used in OCR.  Among roots music report reviews, syntactic and semantic knowledge play fundamental role in phase of post-graphic elaboration to help classify music symbols. 

Issues With OMR Systems 

During study of automatic recognition of music sheet which began in late sixties, when hardware aspects, for example, CPU performance, memory capacity and dimension of storage devices was limited. Nowadays, you get better processors, high-density hark disks and scanner capable of acquiring image ultra-high definition. 

Graphic Quality Of Digitised Music Store

There is an issue related to graphic quality of digital music score, this involves visual representation, object recognition, and music modelling. In aspects of visual representation is print fault and quality of paper. It also includes: –

  1. Stave rotation, which means line is skewed on page margin.
  2. Stave bending, thus lines are not straight. 
  3. Staffline thickness variation.
  4. Mistaken position of music symbols.

Aspects of information loss include: 

  1. Staffline interruption. 
  2. Shape incompleteness.

Wrapping Up

With the lack of standard terminology and method does not allow easy or correct evaluation of result produced by OMR systems. Generally, evaluation is done on basis of OCR systems. In 1970s, Prerau introduced concept of music image segmentation to detect primitive elements of music notation. He used fragmentation and assembling methods to identify stave lines, another way is to choose adaptive optical music recognition systems.  

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