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The Evolution of Notational Innovations from the Mobile Score to the Screen Score

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 July 2012

Lindsay Vickery*
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, Western Australia


This article examines the evolution of music notational practices from avant-garde-era experiments in ‘mobility’ to the advent of the digital ‘screen score’. It considers the varied goals of the composers who initiated these developments and the dissonance between these goals and the practical possibilities actually afforded by the paper score.

The advent of graphical computing is charted along with the consequent expansion of possibilities afforded by screening the score from a platform that also provides the potential for performer coordination, sound synthesis and transformation. The performative, interactive and formal implications of these possibilities are considered.

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2012

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