The Music Notation Project’s webmaster (Paul Morris), has recently completed a revision of our site that has been long in the works. The site now runs on WordPress, which offers various advantages and will make it easier to maintain. All of the site’s previous content and functionality remains, while the new design features: Continue reading
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We have recently upgraded our wiki’s software and tweaked our installation to offer the following improvements:
- Easier navigation: on any page click the [+] next to any category listed in the left hand column to reveal links to all pages in that category.
- More user-friendly editing tools that make it easier for anyone to edit pages on the wiki. For example, it is much simpler to add links, images, tables, etc.
- The search box now suggests pages you may be searching for, as you type.
- Pages generally load faster.
We are pleased that the wiki now contains 26 content pages. That is an average of more than one page added per month since we launched the wiki in November 2009! Continue reading
More Scales, Intervals, and Melodies with the AudioVisualizer
The alternative music notation systems on our website are typically illustrated with a simple image of a chromatic staff. That’s a great place to start, but you have to really use your imagination to get a sense of what reading music might be like in a given system.
Wouldn’t it be much better if you could also see major and minor scales from any key, all the different intervals, some typical melodies, even melodies that you play yourself, and also be able to hear the notes that you are seeing? Now you can with a fun new tool we are introducing called the “AudioVisualizer.” You can find it under the Music Notations heading on our site. Continue reading
Chromatic Lyre Notation, Reverse-Color Express Stave, TwinNote, and More
There are several notation systems that have been documented on our website over the past year or so that we have not yet mentioned on our blog. So we would like to bring them to the attention of our readers. (This is the second in a series of posts summarizing some of what has been going on in the past year or so, in case you missed it over on our Forum.) Continue reading
LilyPond, MuseScore, and More Software News
It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since our last blog post. Luckily this lack of posts does not reflect a lack of things that we should have been posting about. So this will be the first of several posts summarizing some of what has been going on in the past year, in case you missed any of it over on our Forum. Continue reading
Git Repository for Lilypond Work, KLAVAR! software, and Website Improvements
In January Andrew Wagner set up a Git repository to help organize and facilitate future work on adding support for chromatic staves to Lilypond. The most recent version of Kevin Dalley’s code is now hosted there, including the Mark Hanlon’s updates to it. This will make it easier for developers to work with the code, keep it compatible with newer versions of Lilypond, and eventually contribute our code back to the official Lilypond application. Read more about it on the repository’s wiki and our Lilypond and Alternative Notation Systems page. A big thank you to Andrew for his work on this! Continue reading
Announcing the Music Notation Project Wiki
We are pleased to announce the Music Notation Project Wiki, a new addition to the Community section of our website. Like the MNMA‘s quarterly newsletter (Music Notation News), and our Forum (Google Group), this wiki will provide a means for our community to share ideas, knowledge, proposals, examples, experiments, images, and sheet music for alternative notation systems. Continue reading
Numbered Notes, 6-6 Jazz Font Express Stave, and TwinNote music notation systems
In case you haven’t seen them, check out the following notation systems that have been added to our website in recent months. Continue reading
The Music Notation Project is now on Facebook
The Music Notation Project now has a public profile on Facebook. This will help us connect with more people and build awareness of our organization and its mission. Continue reading
New Interactive Gallery of Music Notation Systems, and Updated Guided Tour
Have you ever wanted to select the set of characteristics you want in an alternative music notation system, and then quickly see which systems have them? Now you can with our new interactive Gallery of Music Notation Systems. Continue reading
Enharmonic Equivalents Tutorial and More
It has been one year and one month since the inception of the Music Notation Project on January 17th, 2008. We would like to note this belated anniversary and to announce some recent and some less recent additions and revisions to our website. Continue reading
Review of E.M. Hume’s “Supermusicology”
by Paul Morris
Supermusicology is Ernest Moore Hume’s book about his alternative music notation system “SuperMusic” and how it seeks to improve upon traditional music notation. It is written in a conversational tone with many helpful illustrations. I particularly enjoyed reading the history section of the book and its account of the use of various staves with different numbers of lines in western music history. Continue reading
Finale NotePad 2006: Get it while you still can!
MakeMusic, Inc. has announced that in the next few weeks they will stop offering older versions of their Finale NotePad software for free download from their website. (They will start charging $10 for NotePad 2009, and offer a new free Finale Reader that has no editing functions.) Continue reading
Our new domain: http://musicnotation.org
Our domain has now changed to the shorter and simpler musicnotation.org This domain was not available last January when the Music Notation Project’s site was launched at musicnotationproject.org We think this change will save everyone a lot of keystrokes over time. Continue reading
13 Notation Systems Added to Our Site
In addition to re-doing the images in the “music notations” section of our site, we’ve added thirteen notation systems, bringing the number of systems on our site to more than thirty-seven. Continue reading
Website Revisions: Music Notations and Homepage
Our webmaster has been hard at work on some welcome enhancements to the “music notations” section of our website. Gone are the old, grainy, scanned-in images of chromatic scales from the Directory of Music Notation Proposals; they’ve been replaced with crisp, clean computer-graphics images. In addition we’ve added information on the year in which each notation system was first documented, and added a page where they are sorted by date. Continue reading
New Forum, Tutorials, and Website Search
We have launched the Music Notation Project Forum, a discussion group hosted by Google Groups. Anyone interested is welcome to join. Continue reading
Introducing… The Music Notation Project
We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new era in the life of our association. The Music Notation Modernization Association (MNMA) was officially disbanded in 2007 by its founder and president Tom Reed, and has now been succeeded by a new project under new leadership. Continue reading