thought I’d share with you all a little basic aleatoric notation example I made yesterday/today in about 20 minutes. See attached.
I figured out how to add internal repeat lines (i.e. ones that aren’t tied to bar lines) and form thick black tar lines from note clusters, both via the SMUFL Unicode tables --> see https://w3c.github.io/smufl/gitbook/tables/note-clusters.html for example.
My biggest obstacles about doing this kind of notation again in this piece are:
(1) it’s a pain to hide things. To hide a single item you have to Open properties, activate the button for “color”, set opacity to 0, press enter, activate the button for “rest position” drag the rest above the staff, make sure it’s not dotted (because the dot won’t hide) or not a whole/half note (because the tongue of the rest doesn’t hide). This is too far too much for a single item. Needs to be one or two keystrokes!
(2) It’d be nice to have alt-click copy capabilities in “Engrave” mode as well as in “Write” mode… This way I don’t have to keep going back between “Write” to copy a special character (or its size/length)to another stave and “Engrave” to adjust its position. (Say for example internal repeats, fermata symbols, etc.)
- These cluster lines aren’t dynamic (yet), so the length can’t be adjusted between parts and score…
Perhaps most importantly:
4) It should be a given assumption that free-time signature bars are by definition “open”. There shouldn’t be rests unless an engraver wants them. In free-time bars, you should be able to drag notes left and right via the “Engrave” mode.
but it looks hopeful. we’ll get there.