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Old 08-15-2019, 04:46 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by brainwreck View Post
Yep, 'systems' can be separate, but that throws out a major benefit of standard music (it is universal....sort of).
Technology has advanced to the point where new or alternate notation systems might be straightforward to develop, because the presentation layer work can be done with or outside the new system. i.e. Import/Export to MIDI or Import/Export to some alternative system. MuseScore already exists to show the music symbols. Unicode finally exists if new non-ASCII symbols are adopted for notation. etc. Reaper has both a waveform view and a midi view and soon to have a tablature view.

Which reminds me of another point, that individual music software apps may have very different ways of representing music notation internally (squeezing notes into base-16, if it doesn't default to being string-based). Internal custom representations would definitely be the case if they don't use MIDI internally. These are already alternate music notation systems, or at least music representation systems.

In general there's very little of music 'study' or music research published anywhere in the world, which is more a reflection of the bad state of the formal music education curriculum (aka: force everyone to study classical performance in order to get any life reward) rather than an indication that improvement in music systems can't be done.

Anyway a big question is, what is the best couple of tests of a new music system. That it should be able to describe (aka, musically represent) a specific piece of Bach? or a specific song by the Beatles? or..? is offline   Reply With Quote