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This is Research: Griffin: Becoming Music: Drawing space-time

Griffin, David (2020) This is Research: Griffin: Becoming Music: Drawing space-time. OCAD University Office of Research & Innovation.

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Abstract

A music notation is an almost-impossibly complicated bit of drawing. Calling it a map does not quite do the
trick, even if the page is somehow map-like. Labelling it a diagram — typically a didactic visual/text — is off the
mark as well. Moreover, the traditional 5-line staff notation, as an example with significant historical authority,is a richly developed system for reading and writing — for composition.

This mixed bag of structure and function makes the staff notation a persistently vital teaching tool, even in
our vexing era of computational solutions to making music. In its hybrid display, a music notation gives its
many user-communities a 2-dimensional mechanism for cross-modal analysis and annotation, and ultimately
performance, in higher dimensions. How does a music drawing relate to other drawing systems? And how is it
that we are enabled to fix and re-fix the multi-dimensional complexes of musical performance onto a page?

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: drawing, music, musical notation
Divisions: Faculty of Art
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2020 20:36
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2020 20:36
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3094

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