View the PDF document Melody based tune retrieval over the World Wide Web

Bainbridge, D., McNab, R. J., Smith, L. A. (1998) Working Paper 98/17, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato; November.

Optical music recognition aims to convert the vast repositories of sheet music in the world into an on-line digital format . In the near future it will be possible to assimilate music into digital libraries and users will be able to perform searches based on a sung melody in addition to typical text-based search . An important requirement for such a system is the ability to reproduce the original score as accurately as possible. Due to the huge amount of sheet music available, the efficient storage of musical images is an important topic of study.