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In the Complete Specification Tunetext format dialect, every note, rest and chord is fully specified (duration, expressed as a fraction, octave range number, and pitch name or chord name). No attempt is made to use space saving shorthand, so this tunetext format is extremely verbose. Fully specified notes in the Tunetext format are roughly six times larger than the maximally abbreviated expression available in Tunetext notation.

For example, a sixteenth-triplet note written in the fifth octave written on the pitch F# would be fully specified using this operator sequence: 'use:1/24,5,f#'. If the previously entered note in a Tunetext string had been a sixteenth-triplet in the fifth octave, it would suffice to only enter the operator 'f#' to enter that F# pitched note.

Since each object is completely specified in this format, there's no need to look back to previous specifications in the tunetext list to determine the duration or octave range of a note, rest or chord. Note pitches are specified by pitch name.

When more abbreviated tunetext idioms are used, this information can be obscured.

In Complete Specification Tunetext, the last chord voicing of a chord that was calculated by the Tunetext service is completely spelled out in a bracketed list of pitches which immediately follows the chord chord name. Unless a composer is concerned with the precise chord voicings that are used to realize each chord when it is performed in a score, when a pitch list is not included with the chord name, the Tunetext service will generate a new voicing for each such chord every time the Tunetext URL is refreshed in a web browser.

This format is especially valuable when you wish to revise the duration values of individual notes, since the duration of each note is given by the use: parameter which specifies the fractional value of each note's duration and which immediately precedes the note's pitch name.

The specified note or chord is added to the score when the Tunetext reader recognizes the note's pitch name (or chord name), which is always listed last of the three parameters of a note specification in this tunetext dialect.

Last update: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 2:57 AM.