This project uses software to identify discrete neume shapes in scanned images of early medieval notation and interpret them as musical directives. The information gathered from this project can be used to speed up the time it takes researchers to compare old and new notations, isolate differences in chant melodies, and compare adiastematic (unheightened) neumes to early staff notation.
The manuscript we have chosen to focus on in the development phase is St. Gallen manuscript 390 / 391 (Hartker’s Antiphoner) because it contains a consistent, relatively clear primary hand, and a similarly consistent secondary hand(s) added later. It is also well-known as one of the earliest and most precious examples of the important scribal tradition of St. Gallen and its notation has been relatively well-studied in the past, giving us a bench-mark with which to compare our results. Images of every folio of this manuscript are freely available on the e-codices website at a very high resolution.