Scores of scores: open access and new possibilities in the digital era - Rhinegold
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-06-14
"Enter OpenScore. The good people at MuseScore, not content with having provided the world with the most-used open-source software for music notation, have now embarked on coordinating the creation of an open, online repository of reliably-encoded scores in an editable and transferable format.
What does this add to IMSLP? First, MuseScore can play the music back to you from the score, while highlighting where you are. You may have that function already with commercial software, but only for your own scores, and only with synthesised sounds. Now, integrating a game-changing feature called ‘Match’, MuseScore is able to coordinate with any corresponding audio or video, from YouTube for instance.
Second, you might want to adapt the score, perhaps to produce your own edition, arrangement, or teaching resource. This has previously involved tedious photocopying, typesetting from scratch, or trawling the internet for something reliable. OpenScore will alleviate this preparatory grunt work and give greater flexibility, enabling teachers and musicians to focus on the creative side. In turn, what we need next is a repository for sharing those teaching resources. This might well feature in the context of the institutional responses to the musical literacy problem which are now being mobilised by organisations like the Society for Music Analysis. Watch this space.
Finally, OpenScore will greatly serve music information retrieval: a branch of musicology that seeks to develop a better understanding of how music works through computer-aided analysis. Reliable, machine-readable scores will provide the data needed to make progress with big questions like what really constitutes a style, common practice, or historical trend."