Composing by Pen: Exploring the effectiveness of a system for writing music notation on computers via pen input

Brown, Andrew R. (1998) Composing by Pen: Exploring the effectiveness of a system for writing music notation on computers via pen input. Australian Journal of Music Education, 1998(1), pp. 48-56.

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For centuries pens have been used to write music notation on paper. Music notation in computer systems is usually entered by computer transcription of MIDI performance, or mouse selection and placement from pallets of note symbols. This paper presents the findings from an empirical exploration of a system for music notation on computer using pen input with simplified gestures. The results indicate that whilst there appear to be many benefits to such an approach, particularly the flexible placement and actuate editing of symbols, the implementation employed is considered overly error prone and suffering from inadequate hardware support, in the form of on-screen drawing with the pen, to be compelling. In addition, the absence of audible feedback and performance capture were considered significant disadvantages by the users. Despite these shortcomings, mostly not direct pen concerns, the results forecast that for music notation entry, pen input may be preferable to mouse input and that gesture recognition may be quicker than the pallet-selection techniques most often employed in current music systems. In short, the potential of pen input is not devoid of context.

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ID Code: 6850
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Access to the author manuscript version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (link above) or contact the author:
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Keywords: music, composing, pen, interaction, gesture, notation, computer
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Australian Society for Music Education (ASME).
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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