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Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives

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Accessing Europe's musical heritage

Classical music, a cherished gem of Europe's cultural heritage, is being reimagined and revitalised through modern musical performances. Available online in vast repositories, this wealth of musical heritage remains fragmented and inaccessible. This is due to varying data quality, lack of connections between repositories, and the absence of user insights for future learning. In this context, the EU-funded TROMPA project aims to leverage state-of-the-art technology to enrich and democratise access to the classical repertoire in the public domain. Through a user-centred co-creation setup, music enthusiasts, including amateur performers, will collaborate with the technology, providing feedback and annotating data to enhance understanding. TROMPA's open innovation philosophy ensures that derived knowledge will be shared back to the community, benefiting scholars, musicians, and global audiences.


Classical music is one of the greatest treasures of Europe’s cultural heritage. Although a historical genre, it is continually (re)interpreted and revitalised through musical performance.
Today, most of the classical repertoire is in the public domain; massive numbers of scores and recordings are now available in online community-contributed repositories actively used by scholars and musicians. Technology offers ways to enrich and contextualise this repertoire, so that users might better understand and appreciate it. However, due to varying data quality and scale, this does not happen automatically for public-domain resources. Amidst a deluge of data, relevant associations across repositories and modalities (e.g. from scores to recordings) still have to be made manually, while insights by previous users are not explicitly stored for future users to learn from. It is thus impossible to get comprehensive insight into the full wealth of our musical cultural heritage.
TROMPA will change this by massively enriching and democratising our publicly available musical heritage through a user-centred co-creation setup. For analysing and linking music data at scale, the project will employ and improve state-of-the-art technology. Music-loving citizens (including the large scene of amateur performers) will cooperate with the technology, giving feedback on algorithmic results, and annotating the data according to their personal expertise.
Following an open innovation philosophy, all knowledge derived will be released back to the community in reusable ways. This enables many uses in applications which directly benefit crowd contributors and further audiences. TROMPA will demonstrate this for music scholars, content owners, instrumentalists, choir singers, and music enthusiasts. Via the consortium and associated partners, global audiences can be reached at an unprecedented scale, with potential outreach to millions of users.

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Net EU contribution
€ 729 000,00
08002 Barcelona

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 729 000,00

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