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AW: Re: Music to Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg47200] AW: [mg47167] Re: Music to Mathematica
  • From: Matthias.Bode at
  • Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 04:01:53 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hello Steve, hello Marc,

sorry, I wanted to be concise but was imprecise.

1. I have music notes (a song) on paper (classical five line system).

2. I identify (the key) the note(s) and pauses; e.g. "a" (= 440 Hz). (I can
calculate the frequency for each note.)

3. How to input this information into Mathematica in order to make it *play*
the music?

4. I do *not* want to write notes in classical notation on paper using

5. I used "Scale" and entered frequencies: Unsatisfactory and clumsy because
a longer note has to be put in several times, speed is a problem as well.

Best regards,
Matthias Bode.

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Steve Luttrell [mailto:steve1 at] 
Gesendet: Sonntag, 28. März 2004 07:08
An: mathgroup at
Betreff: [mg47167] Re: Music to Mathematica

You could try creating your music using some notation software, saving it in
ABC format, reading this ABC file using Mathematica, and converting the
input data to your choice of musical objects in Mathematica.

If you haven't got a notation package that does this then you could try
using TablEdit which is at You can save up to 16
bars worth in the unregistered version. The ABC format looks to be easily

Steve Luttrell

<Matthias.Bode at> wrote in message
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> Dear Colleagues,
> I try to input music in classical notation (five horizontal lines &c.)
> Mathematica. My attempts using "Scale" are very clumsy. Is there an
> method?
> Best regards,
> Matthias Bode
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