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WITCHCRAFT. What is topical in Cultural Heritage: content-based Retrieval Among Folksong tunes

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Aim of this project is building and evaluating a serach engine for melodies which have been transmitted by oral tradition and thus have been subject to variation. As a testcorpus we use the fieldwork recording of the Onder de groene linde (Under the green linden, the famous Dutch radio program, 1957-1993) and melodies from fiddler’s books from the  eightteenth century. The discipline involved is Music Information Retrieval (MIR). The project is realized at the Meertens Instiuut, in cooperation with Utrecht University, Department of Information and Computer Sciences.