The song remains the same: Lossless conversion and streaming of MIDI to RDF and back

Albert Meroño-Peñuela*, Rinke Hoekstra

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In this demo, we explore the potential of RDF as a representation format for digital music. Digital music is broadly used today in many professional music production environments. For decades, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) has been the standard for digital music exchange between musicians and devices, albeit not in a Web friendly way. We show the potential of expressing digital music as Linked Data, using our midi2rdf suite of tools to convert and stream digital music in MIDI format to RDF. The conversion allows for lossless round tripping: we can reconstruct a MIDI file identical to the original using its RDF representation. The streaming uses an existing, novel generative audio matching algorithm that we use to broadcast, with very low latency, RDF triples of MIDI events coming from arbitrary analog instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web - ESWC 2016 Satellite Events, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages6
Volume9989 LNCS
ISBN (Print)9783319476018
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event13th International Conference on Semantic Web, ESWC 2016 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 29 May 20162 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9989 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference13th International Conference on Semantic Web, ESWC 2016
CityHeraklion, Crete


  • Linked data
  • MIDI
  • Music streams
  • RDF

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