- April 10, 2019 at 7:58 am #589892
Hi, do we have an expert here on how to digitally store and use music? I want to create a music archive. I want it to be as independant of specific software as possible. I want the music to be visible like a pdf and playable as individual tracks for each part and all tracks together like a midi file.
For instance WordPress and a plugin could suit me but there is none. Which might force me to do some developing. Since I am no expert I want to figure out if it is even doable and if so what technichal choices should I make.
Are there other commonly used file formats than midi that can provide many tracks/channels? I guess midi is problematic since it requires an “instrument”, right? The sound of the instrument is not within the file if I understand it correctly?
Is Abc-notation a good choice?April 22, 2019 at 12:56 pm #590456
I’m guessing from your request that these are your own compositions, or pieces where you control the copyright, and they exist in manuscript, not yet in digital form.
abc-notation looks (I could be wrong) as if it only notates a single line. If that fits your music, then it is a fair choice. If your music is harmonized, look into MusicXML as a format. It can be read by many free and paid-for notation systems, so is software-independent. You will need to invest some time in typesetting. I use Capella but there are plenty of alternatives, like Sibelius and Finale. They do an amazing job of making notation look professional.
To store your archive, for the greatest control you need your own website. For less effort and expense, look into repositories like CPDL, Score Exchange and Musicalion. Musicalion ( https://www.musicalion.com/en ) looks to me like your best fit. It will play synthesized renditions of any digitized scores you upload. Musescore.com offers something similar. Anyone with a web browser can access it.
What these sites will not do is market your pieces. If you want people to find your pieces, you must direct them to the repository, not expect them to find it for themselves.
I hope you take to typesetting. Once you get the knack, it can be very satisfying.
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