Can anyone help me to channel this feature request to the right recipients? I learned about the new Musescore 2.0.3 last week through an email newsletter of pc-welt.de computer magazine.
I have been long-time researcher of ancient pre Greek music, but due to serious illness I had not been capable of updating my know-how of computer software. From what I experienced with MS 2.0.3 sofar and the forum in a few days I would rank this SW in quality with other open source code SW like Kodi for TV or Blender in combination with Autodesk freeware for 3D Making… That means I am very positive that MS will grow with time.
My particular concern is twofold and I will give some reasons below. If anyone likes to confirm further they may also write a note to my unfortunately not yet protectable email account at “email@example.com”
Long time ago I discovered that 12 th century AD Indian book Sangita Ratnakara contained invaluable information about music from the beginnings of time, only roughly translated yet. The chapter on note contains the internal harmonic relation between two notes, consonant or dissonant. I found that consonant (Sanskrit vadi) is an interval of + 702 cents of 0 or -498 of 1200 cents, then comes vivadi with the next fifths of +204 c etc and anuvadi with the third fifth of +906 c etc. These intervals with +/- 2,4,6 c offset to the nowadays standard tempered tuning are considered consonant or sangati. The offset from +/- 6 to 12 c limit is considered dissonant or vivadi, to be avoided in playing. In MS 2.0.3 the smallest offset tuning by the Inspector is +/- 10 c. This value I find is not permissible according to oldest music theories, which are still valid in the backyard of modern Indian music and I hope that tuning offset will be considered to be at least be programmed to +/- 2 cent steps someday in the future. Phps someone knows to workaround this problem already now. For along time in music there was a scare of the dissonance of the so-called Pythagorean comma of 24 cents, I found that long time before the Greek Pythagoras this dissonance was reduced to maximums of 2, 4 and 6 cents. For most-ancient music I find that the note offset is only required by these three steps.
The other concern is about virtual singing of note names. In the book of Sangita Ratnakara the chapter melody is discussed in great detail, the scores are presented in sanscritic alphabetic letters equivalent to roman letters. This way they may be converted into staff notes. Still it is more convenient to add the original sanscrit letters etc. to the notes in the lyric section and have them voiced out like an instrument. This is practised even to this day in that musical system along with the coordinate dance figures and lyrics like in ballet and opera. Just to caution one is still along way before the many most intricate later forms of modulated music like ragas etc., this discussion belongs to the chapter of song or Sanscrit Ghana for theatrical performance.
I was able to do this note editing partially with a workaround by the free Software PDFto Music, once the score is established by MS 2.0.3 it can be exported to .pdf format and then imported to PDFtoMusic. This worked amazingly well. But I could not experiment with the proper cent values of +/- 2,4,6 to get a finished product. If the feature of virtual singer for note text could be added MS could probably emerge as the foremost runner for all music joining from Neolithic beginnings to most ancient to Greek and medieval times. Just think, my city library only has as Notation Software still the 2006 handbook for Finale for rent, but did not advance further. With MS we could speed light years ahead?
Thanks for reading, sorry for mistypes and phps patiently waiting for a response