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Author David Luebbert
Posted 4/3/11; 12:12:37 AM
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Public Ideas - Credited or Anonymously Credited

There's a lot of code running on the SongTrellis site that I've put into play in the last year and a half but haven't really documented. The Public Ideas section of the site, so far has been a pretty much unexplained territory.

It gratifies me to see that despite the lack of documentation or encouragement, some visitors to SongTrellis have figured out how to use the feature.

If you follow the previous link you'll hear the results of an experiment that a SongTrellis person made using polychords, stacks of two or three different chords built on different roots, many times of differing chord types, that are meant to be played at the same instant in a composition. These kinds of chord combinations cause a lot of unusually colored, frequently dissonant, harmony to sound.

I've experimented a little with these ideas myself, but haven't mastered them by any means. It tickles me when someone sends in polychord ideas that expand my concept of what this kind of harmony can do.

I'm going to write about Public Ideas, in the hope that if more folks understand its use, we'll see more sharing of musical discoveries here.

The purpose of Public Ideas is to have a publicly shared repository of musical ideas, that can used to publish new harmonic, rhythmic or melodic discoveries.

Anyone who visits SongTrellis has access to the site's Tunetext service, an environment where it's easy to do musical exploration. Once a new idea is discovered with Tunetext, it's extremely easy to post that to the Public Ideas.

If you type http://www.songtrellis.com/tunetext into a web browser or follow the Tunetext link that's listed in the middle row of links on the linkbar that appears at the top of most SongTrellis pages, a web page with an entry form will be displayed.

I'm going to document how to do your own harmony experiments here. Rhythm and melody experiments I'll document in future posts.

When a new Tunetext page opens, the tunetext entry form is empty, and you'll see that the topmost, large text entry field is titled "Tunetext Entry For Score's Chord Voice". If you can type a list of chords into this entry field (a chord root name followed by a chord type name), and press the form's Submit Score button, the Tunetext service will play that chord sequence for you. (The chord roots and chord type names that appear in a Chord Grid, define the proper spellings of chord roots and chord types).

In the page that plays the music so that you can audition it, you can press the "Edit Tunetext Parameters" button, to reopen the entry form, so that you can change the sequence to be played and resubmit that.

If you eventually find a new sequence that you really enjoy listening to, Tunetext pages provide many different ways that you could package your new music so that it could be shared on SongTrellis or on your own websites.

There is a link provided that you can use to download a MIDI rendering of your harmony.

There's a link that will animate your score so that you can easier follow the score as it plays, in case you have a hard time reading music,

There are three link groups that package up the score MIDI sequence with a MIDI player and a printable score of the music in a web apge, so that you can document your idea by posting it on a web page.

It's also possible to package the music as a Tunetext page, that transforms the score for your music into a clickable button. Clicking on a Tunetext button score, launches the tunetext page that was used to create that score.

Tunetext buttons are beautiful ways to share music in an instantly editable form. Once the score for the tunetext is playing, you can edit its parameters and customize in many different ways: alter the notes, chords or rests in the score, change the tempo, its instrumentation, change which voices of the score are visible in the score, color code the notes and chords to mark those elements harmonic or melodic meaning, etc.

Right after the links that prepare the HTML of a Tunetext so that it can be posted, and the link which demos what the Tunetext of the current score would look like, there is a link to "Publish button to SongTrellis Public Ideas".

The pages that are listed in the "Public Ideas" link that's available on the SongTrellis link bar, point to a separate page for each day since the institution of "Public Ideas" where a SongTrellis visitor has decided to publish a new idea for other visitors to see. The list shows the ideas for those days in reverse chronological order (newest days listed first).

If a visitor is logged into SongTrellis at the instant they submit a new public idea, the tunetext button that is logged will show their user name below the button. Here are two ideas that were attributed to me on March 1st, because I submitted those while I was logged in.

If they are not logged in and the submission is anonymous, the button will show the IP address of the computer that submitted the idea. For example, here's a really nice harmony ideas that the author titled "bioassay" published on January 24th, that I think has a very attractive sound. As I point to this tunetext posting, I would very much like to give credit to the person who composed this idea.

If you are proud of the work that you've done, when you've found an idea that you'd like to see in Public Ideas sign on or sign up with SongTrellis so your posting will be properly attributed in Public Ideas.

That'll make it easier to start conversations about these kinds of posts so we can ask folks who generated interesting ideas about how they made their discovery.

You can easily copy the permalink for a Tunetext or the copy the entire Tunetext button and paste it into a new Discussion Group topic and ask a question about it. If it's properly attributed, you can copy that attribution into the message you post.


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