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VizScore is an open-source, on-screen notation delivery system designed with the performer’s strengths in mind. By harnessing a performer’s learned skills of reading traditional paper notation and practice of interpreting time from a conductor’s gestures, VizScore creates a notation environment that can integrate seamlessly into any performance situation and help musicians play in time with other instruments, live or computer-generated. The paper reviews some general design principles of on-screen notation as put forth by current experts in the field and offers a new model for on-screen notational display. The paper then assesses results from a comparative study between VizScore and related on-screen notation software, before describing future goals. Software like VizScore can help push both performers and composers to stretch the current paradigmatic boundaries while yielding accurate results in the concert environment.


This paper was presented at ICMC 2015 – Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2015 – CEMI, University of North Texas. It originally appeared online at

Copyright: © 2015 Seth Shafer. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0 Unported, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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