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Give or take

The origins of plus and minus signs - "There be other 2 signes in often use of which the first is made thus + and betokeneth more: the other is thus made – and betokeneth lesse."
posted by spbmp on Mar 12, 2013 - 30 comments

Javascript music notation and rendering

VexFlow is an open-source web-based music notation rendering API which utilises the VexTab open specification to render notation as a client-side canvas [githubs 1 2] [tutorials 1 2].
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Jan 11, 2013 - 11 comments

"A sigma meant there was samba dancing."

"Robert Browning Sosman, a physical chemist who died in 1967 at the age of 86, packed many careers into one lifetime. He wrote the definitive book on the chemical compound silica; was the seventh person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail; and, at home in New Jersey, kept a 3,500-strong map collection. He also made a 'significant contribution to the New York dining scene:" his Gustavademecum [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 comments

Polyrhythms Inside of Polyrhythms

Steve Vai explains his notation for "The Frank Zappa Guitar Song Book".
posted by Jpfed on Nov 24, 2010 - 50 comments

The Music Text Composition Generator

The P22 Music Text Composition Generator allows any text to be converted into a musical composition. This composition is displayed in musical notation and simultaneously generated as a midi file. The P22 Music Composition Font was proposed in 1997 to the John Cage Trust as an accompaniment to the John Cage text font based on the handwriting of the composer. The idea was basic and simple-every letter of the alphabet was assigned to a note on a scale. This would allow for any text to be converted into musical notation.
posted by Sailormom on Jan 29, 2009 - 17 comments

Musical positions

Musical positions. Not safe for a music stand. And really, the triplet bracket belongs in the final measure.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman on Sep 18, 2007 - 28 comments

The Music Notation Modernization Association

The Music Notation Modernization Association... or possible ways to simplify reading chromatic music (as opposed to diatonic music). Of course, Arnold Schoenberg beat them to it.
posted by persona non grata on Aug 9, 2006 - 20 comments

I[][']m defina[a][i]tely going to used[d] this[][][found on del.icio.us/popular]

I like to write in a plain-text editor, and I've finally found a way to track edits! I've just started col[][l]aborating on a k[k]new book. This si[i][y]stem will come in handy. [][][thanks, Internet!]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 5, 2006 - 71 comments

Are they music?

Are they music? Unusual ideas about musical notation.
posted by Wolfdog on Jun 27, 2006 - 18 comments

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