Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

The School of Music

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation is to document the creation of a new music notation called KeyMusic for the ASCII/QWERTY keyboard on any computer platform. This notation is designed to enable those without musical training the ability to participate in music making. Creation of the notation is traced from its conception to the application of HCI (Human Computer Interaction) usability criteria to establish its efficacy for users. All of the pieces notated in this format so far, are transcriptions from traditional folk song and arrangements of classical melodies. The development of a chromatic, polytonal, multitimbral laptop instrument which is designed to display the notation onscreen while the user plays the chosen part is also documented as a proof of concept instrument in Max.

Date

5-17-2019

Committee Chair

Allison, Jesse T

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