Having a music score in PDF or image, format, containing a melody, what tools are available to convert it into a programmatic format (JSON or so)?

The tools should:

  • work offline (installable on a local machine)
  • have a library API or being accessible with a bash command (e.g. foo score.pdf -o melody.json)
  • be free (in terms of freedom)
  • should accept a pdf/image input and export any programmatic output that could be converted in a JSON structure
  • +1 if they work in browser, on the client side. Not a requirement, but I'd prefer that.
  • +1 if they can be used as NodeJS libraries. Also, not a requirement, but I'd prefer that since my app is written in NodeJS.
  • preferably, cross-platform, running on Linux being a requirement.
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    I am sure that you realize that this is a toughie. Not being musical, I can't even begin to imagine how you will represent music as JSON data :-) However, audiveris.kenai.com "processes the image of a music sheet to automatically provide symbolic music information in MusicXML standard" - and from there it shouldn't be too difficult to get it into JSON. See also this question: stackoverflow.com/questions/675077/ocr-for-sheet-music Mar 17, 2015 at 9:01
  • @Mawg I already defined a JSON format which my scripts can play beautifully. Do they have an online service so I can send the image/pdf file and they give me the xml response? That would be also nice. How can I do that? After having the XML it would be easy to interpret it and convert it into my format. Mar 17, 2015 at 9:48
  • Well, they have a large API at audiveris.kenai.com/docs/api/index.html the site is quite informative and, alas, you will understand more of it than I do. I just hope that it can help. Btw, the have a "help wanted" for "Coupling with MuseScore (musescore.org) to edit, print, play, etc" Mar 17, 2015 at 10:11


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