Hyperscore: A Graphical Sketchpad for Novice Composers

Morwaread M. Farbood, Egon Pasztor, Kevin Jennings

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The development of Hyperscore, a graphical computer-assisted composition system, is discussed. Hyperscore is an intelligent and intuitive system for users with limited or no musical training that takes freehand drawing as input, letting users literally sketch their pieces. Hyperscore provides a visual analogue for the structural happenings in the music and provides a graphical environment that facilitates composition through intelligently mapping musical features to graphical abstractions. The system is a Windows application written in C++ using direct X, and consists of an expansive, zoomable canvas where users can create any number of musical fragments and whole pieces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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