Mudcat Café message #15150 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3027   Message #15150
Posted By: Jon W.
24-Oct-97 - 10:27 AM
Thread Name: Test of ABC Format
Subject: RE: Test of ABC Format
Alan, I take it from your description of your program that it converts MIDI to both ABC and to some other form of text - sounds interesting. I can't wait to try it out.

Joe, I paid the $40 for Noteworthy Composer nearly a year ago and I haven't regretted it. But you're right, there needs to be something that converts between the various formats and also plays the music. MIDI seems to be the lingua franca but (someone correct me if I'm wrong) I don't think there are ways of representing some of the subtleties of music notation such as tied notes, stem direction, grace notes as such, etc.

Now how about a real challenge? I've been wondering if there was any software for converting scanned music notation (bit mapped image) into MIDI or any other symbolic "language." Seems I heard years ago about a robot that could "read" sheet music and play an organ, that was developed at some university somewhere. Such an "Optical Music Recognition" algorithm would be necessary for that project. If I didn't have to make a living, I'd be tempted to write one myself.

Keep up the good work, Jon