Abstracting Musical Queries: Towards a Musicologist’s Workbench

  • David Lewis
  • Tim Crawford
  • Geraint Wiggins
  • Michael Gale
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3902)


In this paper, we propose a paradigm for computer-based music retrieval and analysis systems that employs one or more explicit abstraction layers between the user and corpus– and representation–specific tools. With illustrations drawn from “battle music”, a genre popular throughout Renaissance Europe, we show how such an approach may not only be more obviously useful to a user, but also offer extra power through the ability to generalise classes of tasks across collections.


Feature Description Abstraction Layer Music Information Retrieval Music Theory Compound Feature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lewis
    • 1
  • Tim Crawford
    • 1
  • Geraint Wiggins
    • 1
  • Michael Gale
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture, Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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