Experimental music notation resources



On the ‘black midi’ front there’s this by Hans Tammen:

it sounds particularly good in the recording as you get a lot of mechanical noise from the player piano.


Although to be fair, it’s not so much a notational piece/concept as the project was done in Ableton. That’s just a sibelius ‘view’ of it.


I love that Hans Tammen sheet! @Rodrigo


Thanks for the Black Midi stuff.
I didn’t know it and am really interested in it.

Maybe I’ll try to ‘black’ an song myself.


Leon Schidlowsky:


Another beautiful Cornelius Cardew score:


Hans-Christoph Steiner “Solitude”


blog on moving graphical scores: http://www.animatednotation.com


Few scores from master Karlheinz Stockhausen:


Exceptional thread - I’ve seen lots of these before but great to see them collected together like this.
As this is my first post, I’m not sure if etiquette allows posting links to Vice…but here’s an article about a particular aspect of Black Midi, mentioned above
Vice Link - Caveat Emptor!


All this stuff is great! Musical notation is such an interesting topic – given the nature of music and feeling, trying to meld the quantitative and qualitative aspects together into something cohesive is a really interesting challenge.

While not directly music related (and I’m sure that lots of people have already seen it) this book is an amazing resource for the organization and communication of data:



Yes! ALL the Tufte books are amazing: beautiful objects, packed with smart ideas!

Kind of like monome :smile:


thought i’d share the work of Channa Horwitz. she was a painter who had a system of notation based on the numbers 1-8 and a selection colors marked on a grid. Sonakinatographya is what she called it, her way weaving space, time, motion and sound for interpretive performance. they are spirited and painstakingly beautiful up close.


Oh! love this stuff! I’ve graphed out compositions a few times and it’s always helpful :slight_smile:

Allen Forte is always a good read.

Also, Ligeti.


the school where i’m doing my phd is big on scrolling graphic scores. they put out an ipad app where you can load your .png graphic scores and and they automatically coordinate with other ipads on the same wifi network, making chamber ensemble graphic scoring pretty neat and easy without needing a conductor. cat hope and lindsay vickery are the people behind it and they make beautiful scores (google them), and are always putting out research on graphic notation (lindsay just got published in organised sound talking about screen-based scores).

beyond that, there’s always http://www.graphicscores.com , i think it was put together by christina vantzou.


These are so cool! What an amazing artist!
I have heard of her through Roman Verostko, who, as he likes to call himself is one of the original algorists, like Channa.
Although he does not work with sound, Roman is an amazing artist as well. So ahead of times. Here is one of his algorithmic drawings:


And that Ligeti score/video is totally mesmerizing!


Baude Cordier:


Krzysztof Penderecki:


wow, do you know which penderecki score is that comes from? looks like a reference sketch/note pad from which the more final score is derived. super interesting.