Music Notation Research Group


Professor Cat Hope


Dr Ryan Smith
Aaron Wyatt

This research group is part of the International Technologies for Music Notation and Representation Network with:

  • Concordia University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • GRAM: Centre national de création musicale, Lyon
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
  • IRCM: Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustic/Music, Paris
  • McGill University
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the West of England
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The Music Notation Research Group addresses the tracing of ephemeral art practices through notation. Notations guide performance as well as providing a way to preserve events for comparison, analysis and archiving.

While conventional music notation is optimized for the repeatability of pitch and rhythm, composers since the mid-20th century have invented new notations to highlight other salient performance parameters. Alongside an increased engagement with global music traditions, this led to a plethora of culturally hybrid systems and singular, idiosyncratic, notations. At the same time, the evolution of live analysis software has enabled the notation of music in real-time, enabling new forms of music making guided by situative or generative scores. Digital tools have enabled a range of new ways to create, perform, share and store music notation. The large-scale adoption of such notations and technologies has the capacity to both empower and fundamentally revolutionizes the way musicians and audiences conceive of music as a creative art.

The Music Notation Research group is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international network of established and emergent researchers.


  • Act as a focused forum for technological and practical innovation in music notation
  • Foster collaborative work and methodological reflection among emerging and established international scholars alike
  • Investigate and collect new ways of representing music through notation.

Its activities will include:

  • Conferences to generate scholarly exchange and public engagement
  • Books, book chapters and journal articles
  • Support of early career researchers and research students
  • Commissioning and performance of new work
  • Cross-institutional funding proposals
  • Hosting visiting scholars.

Current Projects

  • The Music Notation Research Group, in conjunction with the Australian Computer Music Association, will host the fifth edition of TENOR, the International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation at Monash University in July 2019.
  • Professor Cat Hope and Dr Ryan Ross Smith are co-authoring a book entitled Animated Notation for Music with Bloomsbury Academic (due October 2019).
  • Professor Cat Hope and Aaron Wyatt are part of Decibel New Music ensemble, a group of six musicians who focus on the creation, commissioning and performance of innovative notations. They have developed, and continue to update, the Decibel ScorePlayer, a commercially available iPad application for reading and sharing animated notations.