Music Notation Research Group

Convenor

Professor Cat Hope

Participants

Aaron Wyatt
Louise Devenish
Samuel Dunscombe (adjunct)
Jonathan Heilbron (PhD Candidate)
Callum G’Froerer (MA Candidate)
Susan Frykberg (PhD Candidate)

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

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

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 optimised 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 revolutionises 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.

The Monash Animated Notation Ensemble (MANE) is an ensemble of staff and HDR students that performers music notated via animation. They host a commissioning award that you can find out about here.

Aims

  • 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, hosted the fifth edition of TENOR, the International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation at Monash University in July 2019. You can read more about that here. The proceedings are available here.
  • The Music Notation Research Group is part of both a Canadian Social Sciences, Humanities Research Council (SSCHRC) and European Research Council (ERC) collaborative project grants bids.
  • Visiting professorships from Huddersfield and Kings College London are planned for 2021.
  • 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.