The 3 building blocks of this research
In most music cultures around the world, there is a music score system of some sort that operates as a communication interface between musicians. The digital score is the next generation and openly embraces the creative potential of digital technologies.
The core purpose of a digital score is a technically mediated communication interface between the creativity of a composer, the creativity of a performer, and the creative mind of the listener.
The core function of this communications interface is to represent the ideas that happen inside the mind of the musician using digital technology in such a way that they are capable of being translated into sound during performance through the technique and creative interpretation of another musician (human or machine).
There are 3 building blocks that underpin this research:
- To make music is to take part, whether this be performing, composing, coding, listening, dancing. Christopher Small calls this Musicking (1989) and this is a foundational principle of this research
- Digital technology fundamentally transforms, enhances, expands, extends, shifts and augments the ‘taking part’ of musicking. The primary reason for this is that digital technology operates as more than simply a tool in the creative process
- ‘The act of musicking establishes in the place where it is happening a set of relationships, and it is in those relationships that the meaning of the act lies’ (Small, 1989).
To understand the technological transformation of the music score we will study its meaning through these 3 building blocks. The research is split into these themes: