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Effective tablet devices for music notation why not?

by Coldboots / February 27, 2013 3:33 PM PST

There already are a plethora of tablets that could in theory be used on a music stand. However the music publishing industry has not yet caught on to the real potential here.

I play classical guitar and my ideal would be a letter sized or ten inch tablet or e-ink device that could be page turned with a foot pedal device. I easily edit all the lessons and music that I create in PDF already. And this music is polyphonic and quite complex. Much more complex than simple melody lines.

How many musicians are out there that use music notation set to PDF already? I suspect many do.

Would it not be a very reasonable idea for publishers to finally get out of the paper publication and distribution of sheet music once and for all? Seeing that paper music publication is suffering the same fate as the recording industry as music stores can no longer afford to stock it. Thus it is very hard for publishers to keep great classical music in print especially for instruments like the classical guitar.

The only sensible answer is to completely change the distribution of sheet music to digital the same as what is needed for the great classical music recordings. DGG has already made the jump to online sales of flac, aac and mp3 audio for this very reason.

We are in a temporary classical music dark age where even in the major cities it is difficult if not impossible to easily obtain either great sheet music or great classical music recordings in shops. Sony just sits on many of the great recordings, for instance it is almost impossible to obtain the great recordings made by Igor Stravinsky on Columbia.

Same thing with the great music publishing houses like Schott publications, Universal, Berben, Peters, etc they are a but shadow of what they once were.

This situation must change and soon or only the extremely wealthy will ever have access to what is at the heart and soul of western culture!

Think of it this way once upon a time Mozart was the king of pop top 40 of the 1790's, as were the melodies of many other greats like Puccini, Verdi, Downland and the list is endless.

We are strangling our culture and the music industry must change and soon, hopefully before I pass from this existence. Wink

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Odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2013 9:19 AM PST

Since there is notation software today on Windows, and such runs on Windows 8 Pro tablets, why did you lead with or seem to claim there was no such thing?
Bob

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Not about OS or who makes the device.
by Coldboots / February 28, 2013 12:07 PM PST
In reply to: Odd.

Where the problem lies is with the system of publication and distribution. The technology to easily write complex music notation is available on all OS platforms except Android, Windows RT and iOS. From a purely consumption point of view any platform will suffice as music notation in PDF format is already well established and very flexible. I currently use MuseScore on Linux as this is my preference. I am a cheapskate and currently use a recycled old unwanted thinkpad t42 for the purpose of music notation. I sure as heavens will not be spending my hard earned dollars on a 1000 dollar Surface pro or overpriced iPad thing if all I want to do is view pdf files on it!

However the scores that I notate can easily be displayed on any tablet. The problem lies in obtaining the great music notation in a format that will display on digital devices. Same as the problem obtaining decent high definition audio of the great recordings done by Columbia records and others in a format other than iTunes or mp3 crap audio.

My solution of a page turning foot pedal makes sense for musicians that actually read music, there are a few of us still around, and the technology is not keeping up with what is easily accomplished because the technology is centered around sales to a least common denominator ( the average consumer ).

The digitization of music is still at a very primitive state even though people like the late Werner Icking started the process years ago by encouraging musicians to digitize public domain music and make it available to everyone on the net.

Unfortunately the music publishers cannot see the forest for the trees and have not even really begun to explore the possibility of the sale of digitized music scores.

Same thing as Sony relying completely upon Apple to distribute content on iTunes.

The really great classical music recordings they hold the exclusive distribution rights to have not been adequately digitized at high bit rates. Worse still they hold off the distribution of it because of the current stupid state in which the distribution of classical music is in and worse a stupid belief that the public will just steal their property.

I suspect that the music publication houses are in the same boat ...guess what it is sinking because of their stupidity.

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Odd post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2013 12:12 PM PST

So this is a rant about copyright and such?
Bob

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