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Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation provides a forum for localisation professionals and researchers to discuss and present their localisation-related work, covering all aspects of this multi-disciplinary field, including software engineering and HCI, tools and technology development, cultural aspects, translation studies, human language technologies (including machine and machine assisted translation), project management, workflow and process automation, education and training, and details of new developments in the localisation industry. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed thereby ensuring a high standard of published material. Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation is distributed worldwide to libraries and localisation professionals, including engineers, managers, trainers, linguists, researchers and students. Indexed on a number of databases, this journal affords contributors increased recognition for their work. Localisation-related articles, book reviews, perspectives, insights and correspondence are all welcome.

Music Localisation: Active Music Content for Web Pages

Volume 8 Issue 1


Author: Ian R O'Keeffe


Localisation is a far-reaching discipline, covering much more than just translation. Many other aspects of web site design also require attention, one example being cultural modification. Music content is often included in web sites, but how much thought goes into the cultural suitability of such music? Is the style, the genre, of the music in keeping with the locale of the user? Different cultures can also derive differing meanings and understanding from music due to their cultural conditioning, and an acceptance that the structures of Western Art Music can be viewed as universal is a dangerous assumption to make. For example, some music deemed happy in some cultures can be perceived as melancholy in others. This paper presents a novel approach for possibly 'localising' a piece of music - via a system the author originally created for the purposes of capturing and recreating emotive content in music - thus permitting the cultural modification of musical digital content held in the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) file format. A graphical user interface allows users to alter music until they are happy with the resulting cultural or emotive content, and these presets can then be saved and re-applied to any other musical content. This approach has the enormous benefit of allowing all listeners to participate, not just skilled musicians.

Keywords: Localisation, Internationalisation, Emotive Musicology

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