8192nd note :)

• Apr 23, 2016 - 05:53

so I'm making an adaption of Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz for fun and it has an 8192nd note. Is it possible to do such a thing?


Yes, but it requires faerie magic. You would need eleven (I think) flags on one stem for this so make a 3-flagged (32nd) note with a very long stem and superimpose it upon an 8-flagged note from the Symbols part of the Master Palette. Playback requires faerie dust but this won't be available until MuseScore v 683.2.01.

I've searched the Master Palette and the shortest I could find was the 1024th note. Maybe suggest it in the Feature Request column?

Have you considered simply doubling all the note lengths and doubling the tempo until it's a reasonable size? It's easier to do absurdly long notes than it is absurdly short ones.

It'll work without it (I mean it's not like it'll make that much of a difference). But anyways so far it's quite strange sounding, I don't know if I've done everything right but it looks good (chaotically). There some symbols I wasn't able to identify some symbols in the master palette that are supposed to be there. But I don't know that much about this stuff, I've been playing clarinet for just 4 years.

In my opinion, this request is pretty hilarious. :)
I'm aware that one could divide notes in shorter and shorter values without a theoretical limit, but things quickly become unmanageable. So, 1/32768 notes remain what they are - a theoretical sort of things. Never ever use them, as they are 1) useless and 2) unmanageable by any regular human ear and brain.

In reply to by Isaac Weiss

Ah, but we're talking about a specific piece here and the tempo is clearly stated as "Adagio cantabile with a rock tempo feel" so I'm gonna interpret that as 120BPM. At this speed the 1/8192 note is shorter than most humans' reaction time to audible stimuli. Now, I think there is a more serious issue as I count 14 flags on some of the notes and that makes them 1/65536 notes thus making it improbable that anything other than a very gifted bat (homage to "Tales from the Crypt") would be able to hear them, let lone emit them (unless you play the E# obstetric ultrasound machine or something).

In reply to by McCleffy

That would have 40 stems and each beat would be a trillion of them. You would have to make the tempo about 125 billion seconds each to hold that speed and to play one beat at the speed I described, that would take about four thousand years. If you had the superpower to put the tempo at moderato or allegretto (100 to 120 bpm) that would be impressive, but no melody would be heard.

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