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The Harmony of Noise

The project concerns developing a notation system for pitch-based, sound-based and spatialized music in an attempt to bridge the gap between acoustic and electronic music, also working towards the possibility of a holistic system for algorithmic composition based on music representation.

The starting point has been to combine traditional staff-based music notation with concepts and symbols from electroacoustic music analysis making it possible to describe sounds with pitch and sounds without pitch within the same system.

The first studies have been conducted with composition students at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm working with this new notation in the course module in Sonology. Combining well-established systems for representation of music has shown to be an intuitive approach to the visualisation of musical structures of sound and pitch.



The Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Duration of the project: 2017-2023


Sköld, M. (2017). The Harmony of Noise: Constructing a Unified System for Representation of Pitch, Noise and Spatialization. In CMMR2017 13th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (pp. 550-555). Les éditions de PRISM.

Sköld, M. (2018). Combining Sound-and Pitch-Based Notation for Teaching and Composition. In TENOR'18--Fourth International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (pp. 1-6).

Sköld, M. (2019). Visual Representation of Musical Rhythm in Relation to MusicTechnology Interfaces - an Overview . In Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (pp. 725–736). Marseille. 

Sköld, M. (2019). The visual representation of spatialisation for composition and analysis . In Combined proceedings of the Nordic Sound and Music Computing Conference 2019 and the Interactive Sonification Workshop 2019 (pp. 70–77). Stockholm.