Aspects of Realtime Scoring and Extreme Sight Reading

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  • Chasing Ghosts: Reactive Notation and Extreme Sight Reading

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  • Aspects of Realtime Scoring and Extreme Sight Reading

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  • Panel:  Chasing Ghosts: Reactive Notation and Extreme Sight Reading

    The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the com­poser of a work and the in­ter­preter of it can often be de­ducted from the type of score at hand and how it is no­tated. Var­i­ous de­grees of free­dom have been given and taken away from the in­ter­preter over the his­tory of West­ern music. In early music styles, in­ter­preters em­bell­ished melodies with sim­ple to elab­o­rate or­na­men­ta­tions and im­pro­vised ca­den­zas; in con­tem­po­rary music the amount of free­dom an in­ter­preter is given varies, but is all too often very re­stric­tive. The fol­low­ing paper in­tro­duces the con­cept of mal­leabil­ity in score mak­ing and read­ing, in a step-by-step man­ner. Key con­cepts are il­lus­trated with ex­am­ples of var­i­ous score types from mal­leable paper scores to the in­ter­ac­tive screen based ones.

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