JOURNAL OF MULTIMEDIA (JMM)
ISSN : 1796-2048
Volume : 4    Issue : 1    Date : February 2009

Towards a Semantic Web Based Model for the Tonal System in Standard IEEE 1599
Lorenzo Sommaruga and Denis Baggi
Page(s): 40-45
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Abstract
XML based representations of music, such as the standard IEEE 1599, usually describe in detail all
features of music as found in scores and/or synchronizes different music layers to allow navigation.
The enhancement proposed here adds to this kind of definitions musicological concepts, allowing
the future realization of inferences for an analytical understanding of a piece of tonal music. To this
aim, an ontology about tonal music is defined and two initial prototypes, concerning the application
of the semantic web technology, have been developed. The prototypes here describe in detail tonal
music element formalizations and an example of the application of an inference rule about intervals.

Index Terms
semantic web, ontology, tonal system, musicology, music analysis, notes, modes, intervals, chords,
four-part harmony