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Digital Scores – investigating the technological transformation of the music score

Digital scores utilising computational technology and digital media are emerging worldwide as the next evolutionary stage in the concept of the music score. They are generating new music experiences, innovative compositional approaches, novel performance opportunities, and broader accessibility for a vast number of musicians and music cultures around the world. This project will launch the first scientific investigation into the transformation of the music score through computational technologies.

Our Project

The core aims of the project are to:

        (1) determine scientific knowledge of how digital scores stimulate new creative opportunities and experiences within a range of music practices,

        (2) develop a theoretical framework for digital scores as an important transdisciplinary area of research,

        (3) build a scientific study of inclusive digital musicianship through the transformative potential of the digital score.

Image taken from The Digital Score book by Prof Craig Vear (2019), published by Routledge. Image credit Julian Zizko of Anne Le Berge

Our Objectives

The “Digital Scores” project comprises an ambitious programme of practice-based research interwoven with an innovative theoretical investigation into the transformation of the music score through new computational technologies.

DigiScore is the first large-scale, integrated project to address these challenges. The high-level objectives of this research project are to:

1) determine how new computational technologies, integrated as innovative music score systems, can lead to the communication of innovative music ideas, new music experiences, novel compositional approaches, new performance opportunities and music-making engagements, and broader accessibility for musicians of traditional and non-traditional backgrounds.

2) develop a transdisciplinary theoretical framework that situates digital scores within the wider fields of human-computer interaction, digital humanities and media studies, in order to understand the deep creative experiences of musicking (the act of music-making (Small 1989)) with digital scores built around artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet networking, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, gaming and physical computing.

3) discover how digital scores stimulate new relationships between musicians and how these profoundly influence the nature of the digital musician.

This project will investigate these questions through an innovative combination of artistic and scientific research methods, undertaken by a transdisciplinary and international team of scientists and artists

Our Team

Craig Vear

Principle Investigator

Siobhan Urquhart

Project Manager

Prashanth Thattai

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Creative Computing (Feb-Oct 2022)

Solomiya Moroz

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Embodied Music Cognition

The research partners are:

. Australia – Prof. Dr. Cat Hope is a leading expert on animated notation, mixed-media opera and experimental electronic music performance.

Canada – Prof. Dr. Sandeep Bhagwati’s work focuses on how digital score technologies can be useful and foster musical change for musicians who normally do not work with paper notation during performance.

USA – Prof. Dr. Kenneth Fields is a world leader in telematic and network music performance and score distribution.

Asia – Prof. Dr. Li Xiaobing has composed digital scores for multi-media, Chinese opera and small ensembles and has written on the cultural history of digital music in China. . Project manager/ assistance by Zhang Yuan (Nancy)