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Musical composition: the future

One of the latest developers in writing and publishing music, which has happened really since about the year 2000, is Internet publishing. Now, what this means is that instead of someone producing a score and selling it in music shops, or by sending it out to people they know, it is now possible to put a piece of music directly onto the Internet, which other people can go and look at, on the screen, they can play it back, they can maybe even change the key or change the instruments, and then they can print it out.

So, really this means that people are doing the printing stage of the music themselves, using their own printer, instead of it being done on a printing press. This also enables publishers and composers to reach an audience right around the world almost instantly, at extremely low cost. Looking a little future ahead, there’s been talk in the past of a paperless office and so on, and the application to this of music is, writing a piece of music that starts life on a computer screen and ends life on a computer screen, on a kind of electronic music stand. Now, these objects don’t quite exist yet, but we get phoned up about twice a week by someone saying,

“I’ve got a brilliant idea,” and we always know what the idea is. If you get a flat screen, maybe an LCD screen, and you could have an orchestra with these screens in front of them, and play directly off the score. And maybe if it’s a new piece of music, corrections could be made very rapidly, or the conductor could make corrections and maybe instantly transmit it to the whole orchestra. The problem is, a screen can malfunction, but a piece of paper on a normal stand can’t.

Further off into the future, a development which may arise, perhaps due to developments in artificial intelligence, is that the computer, instead of acting as a passive tool which merely sits there, allowing you to think of the notes and it’s simply writing them down, the computer may increasingly assist with writing the music, either perhaps in terms of skills like orchestration and arranging, of which there are fairly well-known rules, or it may be possible for the computer to become more creative and actually assist in the composing process. The person using the programme will simply be sitting there listening to what the computer produces and maybe choosing what’s best and what’s not quite so good.

We both use Sibelius ourselves for composing on. And I don’t personally regard the prospect of a programme actually helping you write music as being a negative thing. It has to be said that programmes already remove a certain amount of the drudgery from tasks like repeating notes, layout and so on, and this could be extended to the creative process itself. There are things like aspects of orchestration and arranging which are, effectively, repetitive tasks that we learn at school, and a programme could certainly help with that. Yes, I think as long as the final decision on the notes is left up to the human, then it really doesn’t matter how much of the process is done by the computer.

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Free Music Notation and Sheet Music Software

Hey guys, in this video we’re performing to show you three free music notation programs you can use to create sheet music and keep your projects organized. Whether you’re a songwriter or looking to do some planning before recording your next song, you should definitely know about these programs. Number 3: Crescendo. Crescendo is a music notation program that is free for non-commercial use. The interface is very easy to use and you’ll likely have mastered it the first time you go to use it. There are easy controls for dynamics, tempo, clefts, and accidentals within some menus, and adding new notes is as easy as moving and dropping them on the staff.

This program features support for MIDI as well as virtual instruments so you can easily play back what you’ve written. When you’re done, the file can be exported as an image or a PDF for printing and sharing. Though the software is free, they do ask that you purchase the full version for $70 if you choose to use it commercially.

Overall, this software is good for some instruments, but it doesn’t appear to support guitar tabs so it’s really limited in its use. Number 2: Finale Notepad. Finale Notepad is a free, stripped down version of Finale, which is the industry standard for music notation programs. The interface for this program is simple and easy to use, and it’s a little more elegant than crescendo.

Since this is a free version, there are some limitations such as the number of staves, lyric verses and tablature configurations. This program will work great for simpler projects, but the limitations may become an issue if you’re working on a complex song with multiple instruments. This program also features exporting as a PDF and has support for basic guitar and bass tablature, making it good for different genres of music.

Number 1: Musescore. Musescore is a free and open source program for music notation. Being open source, there are no limitations to how you can use this program and it has a variety of advanced features. There are many different virtual instruments available and the program also has support for MIDI. You’ll also be able to export as either a PDF, or an audio file using the virtual instruments.

In addition, musescore supports guitar tablature and drum notation, so you can easily use any instrument with the program and you can write out any genre of music. Once you get used to musescore, the interface is a little easier to use and we find it faster to write out sheet music in this program than Finale Notepad. Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below. You can also like us on Facebook, catch us on Twitter and check out our blog. All the links to our social media accounts can be found in the video description.