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Charles L. Green


2005 Research

Abstract: Did I really Write That? A Study of How Software Influences Composition Processes

Mentor: Jonathan N. Middleton D.M.A., Department of Music

Advances in technology have led many composers to rely heavily on computers. The computer/composer interaction is influenced by the design of software. My research studies the effects that composition software have on music writing processes. Using the notation software programs Sibelius, Finale, and NoteAbility Pro, I composed three different pieces. Incorporating a melody from a work composed using traditional methods with paper, I compared the impact that each program had on the pieces. The study also includes a discussion about the program Pro Tools and how non-notation software includes the composition process. Comparing the stylistic traits of the pieces gives insights in how to select programs and incorporate composition software into creative environments.


7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May, 19, 2004

8th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

9th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 17, 2006

14th Annual WI McNair Conference Nov 4-6th, 2005

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