Music Composition of Onomatopoeia

Toshiyuki Masui
Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. 3-14-13 Higashi-Gotanda Shinagawa 141-0022, Japan


We introduce a simple music notation system based on onomatopoeia. Although many text-based music notation systems have been proposed, most of them are cryptic and much more dif´Čücult to understand than standard graphical musical scores. Our music notation system, called the Sutoton notation, is based on onomatopoeia and note names which are easily pronounceable by humans with no extra training. Although being simple, Sutoton notation has been used in a variety of systems and loved by many hobbyists. Computer music, music markup language, MML, desktop music, DTM, Sutoton notation




Many people are enjoying music on personal computers today. PC-based music systems are sometimes called as DTM (DeskTop Music) systems, and a variety of hardware and software products are now available. Most of the current DTM systems are based on graphical user interfaces (GUIs), and users can edit notes and control various attributes of music graphically on the screen with direct manipulation interfaces. Although commercial GUI-based DTM systems are sophisticated and easy to use, they are sometimes too complicated for casual users, and they are designed for interactive use and not easy to control from other programs. On the other hand, Text-based music description languages have been used to represent scores from the beginning of the research history of computer music. Even today, text-based representations are useful in many cases, since texts are easily handled by text editors and other programs. Text-based music description languages are also good for resource-poor systems like old personal computers and small mobile devices. A number of text-based music description languages have been proposed and used[Roads, 1996]. Many of the languages were developed for research,