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Graphic notation: a brief history of visualising music

Graphic notation: a brief history of visualising music

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Since the output of a designer’s work is not just the product itself — comprising mockups, journey maps, flowcharts, and prototypical representation of how the product will render on a user’s device — documentation is an incredibly important tool to rally our teams toward delivering an excellent product experience.When documenting designs, we often follow templates and standards, annotating things in a way that is both conventional and clear. We want our audience (i.e. developers who are building the product) not to re-learn our design intentions at every stage of the design.Similarly, a sheet of music is not the music itself. Music notation is a set of instructions for someone who is “building” or “playing” the song. The reality is that design and music intersect in so many areas; fashion, art, filmmaking, set design. Yet one relatively obscure but staggeringly creative area is in the design of graphic notation used by composers. Graphic notation is one side that is relatively unknown outside the sometimes rarefied world of orchestral and experimental music. This is a great example of how breaking from the conventional system, whether in sheet music or a pattern library, can open up creative possibilities.Composers have always grappled with ways to express themselves, and in the twentieth century, several began using this radical graphical approach to writing scores. It was a two-fingered salute to the prevailing musical establishment. Graphic notation functions in the same way as traditional musical notation but uses abstract symbols, images, and text to convey meaning to the performers. A few of these composers incorporate traditional notation and then bend it in unique ways.  » Read More

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