MeRIT: An interactive annotation tool for mensural rhythms

Plaksin, Anna and Lewis, David. 2022. 'MeRIT: An interactive annotation tool for mensural rhythms'. In: 9th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM2022). Prague, Czech Republic 28 July 2022. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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We introduce MeRIT, the Mensural Rhythm Interpretation Tool, a client-side JavaScript tool that interprets the rhythmic notation of pre-modern polyphonic music using rules derived from contemporary theory. The interpretation derived from the tool is written in standards-compliant MEI, including details of the rules being applied at each point and a fine-grained metrical analysis.

We discuss the importance of system modularity and different levels of evaluation and describe a user feedback system that we have implemented, supporting corrections, detailed introspection and evaluation and also pedagogical use, training musicians to read the notation. This user interaction is facilitated by a system architecture that provides an API encapsulation of the MEI interaction, giving annotations provided by the user and interpreter a common interface.

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MeRIT was developed by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project "Interpreting the Mensural Notation: An Expert System Based on the Theory of Johannes Tinctoris" (AH/P013910/1). It builds on the project "The Complete Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris: A New Digital Edition" (AH/I003827/1).


Applied computing, Sound and music computing

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28 July 2022Published

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Prague, Czech Republic

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28 July 2022

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21 Dec 2022 14:52

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22 Dec 2022 14:23


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