Since getting Dorico recently I’ve been interested to explore its flows architecture to experiment with music in which there are multiple simultaneous metres and tempi. I’m wondering if anyone has done this already, or whether in general people might have some thoughts about various methods. I’ve attached three examples.
Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry. I think this would be easy to fake with three instruments within one flow as he wants the bar lines to align even if the notes don’t in performance / empirically.
Stockhausen’s Gruppen. Just a random page
Birtwistle’s Theseus Game Gruppen. Just another random page
I’m more interested in the Stockhausen and Birtwistle examples because you can more precisely indicate durational relations in the spacing of the music on the page.
Two quick questions come to mind:
– Can you create lines that will connect different flows, as with Karlheinz?
– Can you create cut-away staves in Dorico, either going in or out, or just a single bar in the middle of a page?
But other more general questions:
– How will Dorico manage note spacing of superimposed flows? Can you still edit note spacing for each one?
– Will playback work for all flows?
– How would part extraction work if you had one instrument that appears in different flows, if temporal groupings appear throughout a piece?
Anyhow, maybe its more interesting to talk in general about it than get too specific too soon.
PS score extracts are taken from my uni’s online library available during the lockdown and screenshots I found online