Hyperscore II

In a post yesterday I referred to a program called Hyperscore but, as the central subject matter concerned a video featuring a very specific application, I didn’t dwell on the technicalities of the program. Well, the other reason is that I’ve never seen the program. However, after writing the post, I had a more detailed look at this video and looked at these particulars and I can see a place for a program like this in schools. Composition in SQA courses is certainly not the ideal setting as the program seems to be to composition what flat-pack furniture is to carpentry. However, primary or S1/S2 might prove more suitable . There are many people with an intuitive feel for how music fits together who are neither musically literate nor sufficiently proficient on an instrument to participate in the creative process – and produce some kind of finished product.

At $79 (less for site licence) it’s probably worth investigating. If only we knew someone in East Lothian familiar enough with music and IT to review it.

2 thoughts on “Hyperscore II”

  1. I’ve been studying how Expert Systems mimic pro composers. I’d really like to see some music composition software which isn’t only music sequencing software or music notation/graphing software.

    People listen to other people’s music and copy it while simultaneously transforming it to make it new and unrecognizable as the original. Eventually this process turns into the composers own unique voice.

    I’d specifically like to see a program that will give novices the same transformation tools that pros use to compose; such as take a melody I input, perhaps only scanned in, that the computer then runs through all of the traditional music composition transformational devices without making me write them all out and test them on my instrument before I input them into the so called music composition software.

    If and when it can instantly create, inversions, retrogrades, retrograde-inversions, permutations, augmentations, diminutions, diatonic transpositions, INTERVERSIONS, putting the original melodic series together with the rhythmic retrograde, or putting the melodic series’ retrograde inversion with the original melodic rhythm or taking the melodic series from one tune and combining it with the melodic rhythm from another tune, automatically make a diatonic melody pentatonic or automatically change the mode, then and ONLY then will there be any real music composition software in the universe.

  2. Still, in the meantime, this kind of program sounds like it might offer a foot in the door to those whose creative drive is not matched by their confidence in musical literacy.

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