iain at sandoe.co.uk
Fri Aug 17 06:42:44 EDT 2001
I would say it *is* possible but that the degree of success and the time
taken to achieve this are not well-specified or boundable respectively.
A friend and I used to 'score' progressive rock (sophistication similar to
Jazz - multiple time-signatures, rapid key modulation, band members playing
independent co-operative melodies etc.). [we used to play these as 'covers'
and needed to work out each part].
Others who are much better musicians than I have done similar (I think that
Steve Vai spent quite some time scoring Frank Zappa's music).
It is usually pretty easy to score '8-to-the-bar pop music' (see all the
I have also done the same for some big-band swing (42 hours work for 2
minutes of midi in one case !!!!!)... but then I'd only claim to be an
average musician (it's not what I do for a job ;-)...
however, I think that there are some limitations ...
For example, I'd bet for a competent musician being able to say what the
violin section was doing - but I wouldn't believe someone saying that they
could work out what each player in the section was doing ... if you see what
It is also said that some composers can 'hear' the ensemble result in their
heads and then write down the score for each line...
perhaps I should try and encode the methods my friend & I used to use as
some kind of IKBS ;-?
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