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Music font

Post by William » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:41 pm

Have you seen this?

http://p22.com/musicfont/

I learned about it earlier this evening and am experimenting with using it.

The page includes the following.
Disclaimer: This on-line application is intended for entertainment purposes only. No technical support is provided other than the notes on this page. The interface, note:glyph assignment, and therefore final results, may vary and change at anytime. It may not work on all browsers.
I have figured out a little bit about it, but clearly there is a lot more that I need to figure out.

In particular, I am wondering just how an Opentype font is used in this project.

I am wondering if I could produce a novel tune in a midi and then write some song lyrics to go with it!

Fascinating!

William Overington

17 December 2007

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Post by William » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:02 am

The http://p22.com/musicfont/ web page has a disclaimer, mentioned in the above post. The following information is included within this post bearing in mind the statement in the disclaimer that some things "may vary and change at anytime". The experiments took place yesterday afternoon.

A chart was drawn and then letters, figures and points were used to produce music and then details of which letter, figure or point produces which note were entered on the chart. It was found that some notes are produced by more than one character. This is thought to be because the idea is that each character will produce a note. However, this post is about using a sequence of characters to produce notes, thereby using the application to produce a midi file.

I have some knowledge of music, though not a lot, so maybe the parlance in what follows might not be precise, yet I hope that the meaning can be understood.

There are some gaps in the chart. Maybe these notes are not encoded, yet maybe they are available and I have not found out which characters produce them.

Notes, white without tail.

e >
d <
c 3
b 2
a 1
g 7
f 6
e 5
d 4
middle c #
b @
a '
g &
f a
e %
d $

Notes, white with tail.

e *
d g
c Q
b P
a O
g T
f S
e U
d R
middle c
b
a
g
f
e
d e

Notes, black with tail.

e ;
d :
c C
b B
a A
g G
f F
e E
d D
middle c s
b n
a i
g o
f
e t
d
c
b
a x
g j
f
e v

Notes, black with tail and one wavy line.

e )
d (
c X
b W
a
g
f Z
e V
d Y
middle c
b
a
g {
f
e | (that is, a vertical line character)
d
c
b
a
g
f k

Notes, black with tail and two wavy lines.

e b
d
c J
b I
a H
g N
f M
e L
d K
middle c
b
a
g
f
e
d
c
b
a
g
f k
e ~

In addition, a space produces a rest. The characters underscore, plus, full stop and comma also produce rests. They are not all the same yet there is some duplication. The underscore and the full stop produce what I think is a longer rest and the three others produce what I think is a shorter rest. Also ] produces a bar line on the score though I do not know, at the time of writing this post, what, if any, effect it has on the music.

Hopefully, the above charts will be of use in producing some music.

William Overington

19 December 2007
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Post by William » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:42 am

Since producing the above post I have produced the following midi.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ngo/harpsong.mid

I used 180 as the speed value, and used the Orchestral Harp as the instrument.

I knew that the notes C, E and G form a chord, so I used only C, E and G notes.

I decided to use %&# to start and 573> to finish, that is long notes.

I decided to use EGsGCGEsosEGC;CGEsotos in the middle.

I added .... at the end so as to produce a pause. This is so that if the midi is included in a screensaver and repeats that there will be a pause between the end of one playing and the start of the next playing.

This produced a sequence as follows.

%&#EGsGCGEsosEGC;CGEsotos573....

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Post by William » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:47 am

My experiments with using the P22 Music Text Composition Generator have continued and I have now produced a longer piece, again using the Orchestral Harp with a speed value of 180.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ngo/h ... longer.mid

The text used to produce the above music is as follows.

%&#EGEsEGCGEsosEGC;CGC;CGEGC;CGEsotosEGC;C;GC;GEsEGEsEGEsotosotosEGC;CGEsotos573....

A space got added onto the end during the copy and paste.

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Post by William » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:38 am

I produced this midi file earlier this morning.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ngo/harpsparkle.mid

oinsDEFGABC:;oinsDEFGABC:;oinsDEFGABC:;;:CBAAGFEDsnio;:CBAAGFEDsnio;:CBAAGFEDsniooinsDEFGAB23<>.......

harpsparkle

400

Orchestral Harp

This was not the initial attempt. I gradually built up the music, starting with oinsDEFGABC:; and adding sections, trying the music at each stage. I increased the speed in stages. During development I used harpscale as the name for the file and only changed it to become harpsparkle after the music had been finalized.

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20 December 2007

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Post by William » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:26 am

Here is a link to a video where an orchestral harp is featured.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXiIxifR1fw&f

Here are two related videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tr33n1OGrQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JicTadLWGnE

They are from two performances at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, the all German version in the contest itself, the multilingual version when Nicole, who won the contest, sang the song again at the end.

William Overington

20 December 2007

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