Documentation of Mixed Music (Performer + Electronics)


Important items to consider in electronic notation:

• Cue number that links to the devices/software used (if relevant)
• Textual description of the sound file or real-time process (graphical representations may act as substitutes)
• Markings to differentiate sound files from real-time processes
• Loudspeaker assignment of the sound
• Rhythmic information (when possible, the approximate duration of the sound should be shown)
• Dynamic indications (when appropriate)
• Pitch information (when possible)

Short Score Examples:







Essential Elements for Front Matter (i.e., Notes sections of score)

Items with an asterisk (*) are optional

• Title of piece

• Composer name

• Year

• Duration

• Instrumentation

• Documentation Date

• *Commission statement (ex: This piece was commissioned by XXX with the financial support of XXX)

• *Program note

• First performance date and performers

• General description
Briefly describes the relationship between any of the following: the music, the instrumentalist, the electronics, the video projection, the dramaturgy, etc. Also, briefly describe the role of the tech person and any guidelines for the live-sound mixer regarding balance, reverb, EQ, etc. Be sure to mention how the electronics are synchronized with the performer (e.g., pedal, stopwatch, click track, listening, etc.)

• Stage layout
must show placement of loudspeakers, mixer, computer/interface, MIDI device, microphone, performer, etc.

• Equipment list
# of speakers, #of microphones, # of inputs/outputs on mixer, type of MIDI device and required pedals, type of computer, type of audio interface
When possible, give example of a specific model. For a mixer, for example, this could be written as: (ref: Mackie 1642-VLZ3)


Complete Score Example - Dandelion - Mary Kouyoumdjian