[MEI-L] Taxonomy, list, and examples of features for music representation, esp. CWMN

Byrd, Donald A. donbyrd at indiana.edu
Wed May 25 02:10:25 CEST 2016


As many of you know, I've been working for many years on classifying features of CWMN and of music representation in general, and on finding examples of the more thought-provoking things, and I'd like to offer this material to the MEI community as a resource for whatever purpose. What led me to put together this message is the discussion at MEC last week of what features MEI Go (or Basic or whatever it ends up being called) should support. My central document is:

* Byrd, Donald, & Isaacson, Eric (2003; rev. 2016). A Music Representation Requirement Specification for Academia. http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/donbyrd/Papers/MusicRepReqForAcad.doc

That's a revision of an article that appeared in Computer Music Journal in 2003. It includes a taxonomony and a list of features, each of which is numbered; labelled according to the domain or domains (Logical, Performance, Graphic, Analytic) it belongs in; and assigned a priority (Required, Very Desirable, or Desirable). Here are several related documents; all but the first are keyed to the item numbers in the Representation Requirement Specification.

* My 1984 dissertation, _Music Notation by Computer_, which is available online in scanned page-image form: http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/donbyrd/Papers/DonDissScanned.pdf

* More Counterexamples In Conventional Music Notation (a supplement to the list in my dissertation): http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/donbyrd/MoreCMNCounterexamples.htm

* Extremes of Conventional Music Notation: http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/donbyrd/CMNExtremes.htm

* Gallery of Interesting Music Notation: http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/donbyrd/InterestingMusicNotation.html

I also have a list of music-representation features for ethnomusicology, really just a draft but potentially useful as is; it's available on request.


Donald Byrd
Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow
Adjunct Associate Professor of Informatics
Visiting Scientist, Research Technologies
Indiana University Bloomington

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