The popularity of Internet and multimedia has increased the need for
rapid diffusion of culture in new formats. Since its beginnings, music
has never shied away from incorporating the latest technological advances
to maximise expressive power. Its pioneering role in the use of Internet
technology to broadcast audio and music files continues to break new
Current state of the art still distributes music either on paper or on CD or similar media. However, the possibility to distribute music in several other formats, such as symbolic, audio (in its several available formats) and as images of music scores opens several new avenues for research. At the same time, Internet technologies are having a strong impact on system architectures and business processes, while new regulations are changing the distribution mechanisms of music in important ways.
WEDELMUSIC-2001 aims to deal with these major topics in music-related fields, in order to address new ways to distribute music to larger audiences. The impact of these developments on cultural heritage will be considered, together with their availability to people with limited access to classical archives or libraries. In particular, proposals and solutions benefiting visually-impaired people are encouraged, to let everybody access this large and hidden cultural heritage. Tools for impaired people will contribute to broadening music playing and enjoyment.
The conference focuses on both the challenges posed by Internet in its role as a major player for business changes and music distribution, as well as opportunities as a new infrastructure for enabling technology. In addition, this conference seeks to promote discussion and interaction between researchers, practitioners, developers and users of tools, technology transfer experts, and project managers. Of particular interest is the exchange of concepts, prototypes, research ideas, and other results which could both contribute to the academic arena and also benefit business and the industrial community.
WEDELMUSIC-2001 will bring together a variety of participants to address not only different technical issues, but also the impact of Internet on the preservation of cultural heritage.
Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following aspects:
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