ISSN : 1796-2048
Volume : 4    Issue : 1    Date : February 2009

IEEE 1599: a Multi-layer Approach to Music Description
Luca A. Ludovico
Page(s): 9-14
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IEEE 1599 is a new XML-based format to describe heterogeneous music contents
comprehensively. In a single file, music symbols, printed scores, audio tracks, computer-driven
performances, catalogue metadata, text and graphic contents related to a single music piece are
linked and mutually synchronized within the same framework. Heterogeneous contents are
organized in a multilayered structure that supports different encoding formats and a number of
digital objects for each layer. The article aims at describing this approach for the description of
heterogeneous music-related contents, and providing guidelines to understand key concepts of
IEEE 1599 standard.

Index Terms
IEEE 1559, XML, music, multi-layer representation, synchronization, music standards.