The scientific and technological objectives are:
- to make possible the distribution of interactive music via internet
considering audio, symbolic and image formats. These formats will be
integrated with each other. The integration will allow, for instance, the
distribution of symbolic music with several audio versions, the distribution
of images, the distribution of images with the related audio file, the
execution of music for producing audio recorded and/or provided with the
music, etc. For audio, symbolic and image, specific protection mechanisms and
algorithms will be defined. This will make possible the exploitation of new
functionalities for libraries, music schools, publishers, theatres, and will
open a new market for a large set of new products. For instance: it will be
possible to arrange, transpose, modify, reformat, etc., music protecting it
without violating rights. The integration will be obtained by defining a new
model for coding music in unified manner (audio, images and symbolic) that
places the basis for becoming a standard for distributing music via Internet.
It will overcome the problems (lack of formalism in defining symbol
relationships, lack of interactivity) of classical formats for music
notations: NIFF, SMDL, SCORE, FINALE, SIBELIUS, DARMS, MIDI, XML, etc. It will
be expandable, flexible, portable in any platforms, considering all aspects
that could be strongly useful for modelling music in the future multimedia
- to define and validate reliable mechanisms based on watermark, encryption
and the NV-ACL (Neutral Version - Additional Command Lists) of MOODS project.
These will be used for protecting music in audio, symbolic and image formats,
thus reducing risks of the inappropriate music distribution resulting in
copyright violations. The project will set up security mechanisms for
protecting music in audio, image and symbolic formats. For the protection of
music sheets specific algorithms for introducing watermarks in the images of
music sheets will be studied and implemented. The watermark can be used by the
publishers to demonstrate and prove their intellectual property. Similar
algorithms will be also defined for the printing of music sheets with hidden
watermarks directly inserted by from the computer. Specific algorithms for the
insertion of watermark in audio files will be developed. This is strongly
needed for supporting the first objective and will be also useful in several
other applications in which the music in its several forms is distributed by
means of several media. The real power of the effective protection mechanisms
is the complexity of the algorithms and the intrinsic linkage with a secret
(owned be the copyright holder). This allows to publish the algorithms and
extend them to public analysis with no degradation of security. The protection
algorithms will be studied and development with this aim. Incorporated
encryption algorithms will be so computationally expensive that the decryption
to look for the key with an exhaustive algorithm will be quite impossible for
a time (in terms of years) comparable to that of copyright coverage.
- to make possible the exploitation of several new functionalities with the
adoption of music in symbolic format for libraries, music schools: music
analysis, educational manipulation of music, etc.; thus, it allows the opening
of a new market for several specific applications. The libraries could play
the role of music distributors. The availability of symbolic music will be the
basis for using tools for manipulating music in theatres, music schools,
libraries and orchestras, in general. This is mandatory for many publishers
and for providing new services to citizens. This will also allow the
simplification of the day by day life.
- to provide support and tools for distributing and providing music to
impaired (speech music, Braille Music) and sighted people in a unified manner
via libraries and/or music schools. These tools will be produced for
validating the model, the language and the protection mechanisms that will be
defined. For the complexity of the music distribution system and to study new
services, the implementation of specific tools will be mandatory for verifying
the defined models and language. These solutions will reduce drastically the
cost of Braille music of at least 5 times.
- to validate and test of a couple of WEDELMUSIC Servers in the real world
and to assess the benefits obtained during the validation phase. This will
allow to verify the effective value of the model and solutions that will be
proposed in the research phases of the project against the real adoption of
the model in real environment. To this end, some tools will be implemented.
- to disseminate and promote the benefits of the new solutions proposed by
installing some WEDELMUSIC servers with the support and the validation of
publishers, music schools and libraries. This will be performed by means of a
couple of workshops and a dissemination phase in which the model and tools
will be presented and distributed for free. To these workshops representative
libraries, music schools and publishers will be invited.
- To define a detailed exploitation plan for the results that will be
achieved. This will be produced in a deliverable.
- to reduce the costs for delivering music scores as a substitute of the
paper; thus, a reduction of the environmental costs for distributing music.
This has also a strong impact on environmental aspects since the cost
reduction will be mainly due to the reduction of the paper used.