Notation Must Die: The Battle For How We Read Music▾
11/07/2023, 3:19 PM
I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it quite a bit. If you (person reading this) haven't come across this channel before, I recommend also watching all their videos titled "Music Software & Interface Design"
brett g porter
11/07/2023, 3:23 PM
Another interesting resource from the POV of encoding music in machine-readable formats is the MIT Press book "Beyond MIDI," edited by Selfridge-Field. Notable if for no other reason than it prompted Michael Good to create MusicXML because none of the options in that book seemed sufficient to him.
Michael was also a member of the working group that's defining the new standard file formats for MIDI 2.0.
11/11/2023, 5:36 AM
Oh why didn't you tell me it spends the first 10 minutes talking about chess! (Including a whole chess game!!) I'd have been on it in a flash.
The notation video does a good job of showing how the mix of arbitrary/symbolic elements and positional/analog aspects has given it staying power. I was hoping for a little more on actual shortcomings of the system or maybe some more interesting alternatives — surely someone has tried to extend the Tonnetz across time — but that would be a different video.