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New universal music notation system to make it easier to share musical ideas

Press Trust of India  |  London 

A new universal notation system designed to notate any type of from around the world has been developed by a at the in the UK.

The Global Notation system, produced by from the University's Department of Music, is a new way of visually representing the sounds of any type of

Around the world, music is written down in many different ways with each system designed to suit its region's musical tradition. However, musicians and music researchers increasingly work across traditions and regions and need to communicate about musical sound in a common written language.

Western music notation, also known as sheet music notation, is notoriously difficult to learn and often struggles to represent non-Western music accurately.

The new global notation system developed at is designed to represent any kind of music equally well while being easy to learn and use.

Killick, who started to develop the new system in 2016 as part of his teaching on world music for students, said, Preserving pieces of music and teaching them to new performers can be much easier when the music is written down. It's exciting to discover and learn music from different parts of the world, but with the currently available, this is more difficult than it could be.

The basic principle of global notation is simple: the notation should be able to give just the information that we actually want about the sounds and not force us to give irrelevant information, which Western notation often does when it's used for non-Western music".

The new Global Notation System was recently presented at an international world music conference in Thessaloniki,

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 22:20 IST