New re­search pro­ject: Di­git­al sheet mu­sic for mu­sic theatre

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Paderborn scientist cooperates with Deutsche Oper Berlin

The digital transformation has also arrived in the everyday working lives of musicians. More and more music stands now feature tablets with digital sheet music. While corresponding apps already work very well for individuals and small ensembles, they are largely unsuitable for the complex work processes and usage requirements in theaters, concert halls and opera houses around the world. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Berndt from the Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn wants to counteract this problem together with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. His project "Interactive digital sheet music in music theater" (IdiN), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around 170,000 euros as part of the "DATIpilot" program, will start in August.

"New solutions are needed for the digitalization of the music world. We want to implement these using scientific methods from human-technology interaction and user experience research. To this end, we are cooperating with Deutsche Oper Berlin and other partners from the field," says the Paderborn scientist, explaining the project. At present, apps for digital sheet music are designed exclusively for the musicians, but not for the requirements of the numerous other trades in an opera production - such as lighting, direction, prompting or stage technology. "In our project, we will systematically develop these score-related work processes, work out solutions and share our results with practice partners. In this way, we want to make a practical contribution to digitization efforts in the cultural and creative industries," continues Berndt.

With the "DATIpilot" funding guideline, the BMBF aims to promote the transfer of knowledge from research to application. The overarching aim is to make better use of Germany's innovative strength and accelerate the development of technological and social innovations. At a roadshow in Wolfsburg, Berndt presented his project idea in a five-minute pitch and was ultimately selected for funding.

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Photo (BMBF): (from left) Dagmar Pfandzelter from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Berndt and Matthias Nowakowski are delighted about the funding approval from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Berndt

Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn

Professorship for the Modeling of Linked Virtual Data Spaces (in Music and Media)

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