Gavin Brockis on Monday 08 August 2011 Tweet this!
Comedian Roy Hudd donates his huge collection of music-hall sheet music to UEA.
Old time music-hall enthusiast and acknowledged expert Roy Hudd - the celebrated comedian and author - is to give his large archive of original sheet music to the University of East Anglia (UEA). At over 30,000 items, it will pose UEA a challenge both in its physical archiving, and also its digital transfer.
Vivaldi Scan music recognition software - detail of screenshot showing section of scan and corresponding digital transcription
Similarly to Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which recognises printed text from a scanned image, Music OCR, AKA Optical Music Recognition (OMR) can generate digital scores from scans of sheet music. While more difficult than text recognition, there are several proprietary and open-source solutions available to the music archivist, which can then render the scanned music into MIDI files which can be played back on any MIDI sequencer, or used to print or view new high quality versions of old documents.
Even so, that's still a lot of scanning, Lord love a duck.