Animated Notation


Since 2006 my primary method of notating music has been animated notation (with only a few exceptions). This is the practice of having computer animations and moving graphics on a computer screen be the score and parts of a “written” musical work. Various experiments have been done in this field recently with various purposes in mind. Websites, blogs, Facebook groups, international conferences and Ph.D. dissertations about this subject have started to appear.

My approach is somewhat conventional compared to a lot of these experiments, especially in recent years. My pieces utilize conventional timeline (fixed, no algorithms or randomness) and fairly conventional notational symbols for the sole purpose of getting the kind of rhythms I want communicated into a group setting. This has proved successful in my opinion in order to get the performance out of a musical boxes and grids.