A Language for Automatic Execution of Musical Scores by Computers
Two kinds of scores are considered: 1) The symbolic score used by composers for representing, usually in a graphic way, the fundamental characteristics of musical events; 2) the operational score representing a numerical way the parameters relevant to the acoustical properties of sound and the parameters relevant to the functioning of instruments. The execution process can be divided in two steps: first, interpretation and translation of symbolic score into operational score; second, its acoustical production. The common musical notation is inadequate for automatic execution. A language has been devised for integrating the common musical notation transcription with the parameters relevant to the interpreting procedures. The different actions on each musical parameter interpretation by its proposed language are illustrated. A program has been realized which translated symbolic scores, coded in such a language, into operational scores, suitable to be played by MUSIC 5 program. The system offers the advantages of symbolic representation, without sacrificing the possibility of precisely determining specific operational details.
Click to purchase paper as a non-member or login as an AES member. If your company or school subscribes to the E-Library then switch to the institutional version. If you are not an AES member and would like to subscribe to the E-Library then Join the AES!
This paper costs $33 for non-members and is temporarily free for AES members.