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 Sheffield 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 University of Sheffield 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 notation systems 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, Greece.
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