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RE: Music Notation on the Web

From: Tom White \(MMA\) <lists@midi.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 09:35:22 -0800
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Hi Jussi,
Thanks for the explanation.
Yes, programs that display notation from MIDI data have to work at it, but
they do it. 
And each may display the data differently, but in most cases the user
doesn't care. 
It will be great if music notation on the web can be made better than Finale
or Sibelius or whatever the high standard of excellence is in the market
today. but I'm not sure that is an appropriate target at this stage of the
I'm all for making the web compete with the finest DAWs and the finest
Notation programs and run soft synths and all that... but at the moment it
can't even play or notate a MIDI file, which is one of the most basic things
in computer-based music.
- TW


From: jussi.kalliokoski@gmail.com [mailto:jussi.kalliokoski@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 8:56 AM
To: Tom White \(MMA\); public-xg-audio@w3.org
Subject: Re: Music Notation on the Web

I believe Michael ment that DAWs and such can't present MIDI as notes just
like that but instead have to implement often complex and varying algorithms
to do this. Thus creating varying representations of the same MIDI data. 

Best regards,
Jussi Kalliokoski,
Web Developer,

Sent from my HTC

----- Reply message -----
From: "Tom White \(MMA\)" <lists@midi.org>
To: <public-xg-audio@w3.org>
Subject: Music Notation on the Web
Date: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 6:19 pm

>>>> I believe you will find that DAWs that support notation all add
additional private data beyond what is in MIDI to make it work. I believe
the same is true for Band-in-a-Box, as well as for keyboard vendors who add
their own proprietary extensions to MIDI for on-screen notation display. 
I don't think that is true... to my knowledge all DAWs and al Digital Pianos
with on-screen notation can display notation from plain old MIDI files. No
extensions or additional private data is needed.
But that said, I do understand that MIDI is not an equivalent solution to
And if Roger had said he wanted to know why the formatting was incorrect
when using MusicXML, I would not have even mentioned MIDI.
- TW
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