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Roban Beuran
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PostPosted: 2013-11-16, 09:45    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

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Dear all,

I am not sure how many people in this forum may be interested in this, but I have created a viewer that displays a score in shakuhachi notation (Tozan School). The input is a Western-notation score in MusicXML format (as you can create with MuseScore for instance). The program displays the score in Tozan notation, which you can then print or save as a PostScript file. It is possible to do some annotation via text-file editing in order to change tone color/fingering (e.g., use HI instead of RO) or to add interpretation indications (e.g., MOMITE, OTOSHI).

The archive containing the software (Java JAR file), the user guide and several samples can be downloaded from here:
http://sites.google.com/site/razvanswebsite/shakuhachi/software/ShakuViewer-0.1.tgz

This is the first release so do expect some rough edges here and there, but the basic functionality is all there I think. I am very interested in getting feedback and suggestions for improvement, as I hope this tool will make it easier for people to play non-shakuhachi music on shakuhachi.

I am looking forward to receiving your comments.

Roban Beuran
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 00:40    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Dear all,

As there was no reaction to my initial post, it may mean that nobody is interested in such kind of software that displays Tozan shakuhachi notation. Or maybe more people would be interested if it would have been Kinko notation?

I am planning to add this as well at some point, but for the moment I let you know about the release of a new version of the software, which -- besides some graphical improvements -- it gives user more control over how a shakuhachi score is displayed: shakuhachi length to be used when creating the score, number of rows and columns, etc. If you are willing to give it a try please go to this page for details and download:
http://sites.google.com/site/razvanswebsite/shakuhachi/software

To make it a little more clear what this program is about, I attached an image with a score (Amazing Grace) displayed as Tozan shakuhachi notation by my program.

I am still looking forward to comments and suggestions.

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to everyone!

Razvan

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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 00:55    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

I silently reacted by downloading it and trying it out soon after you posted, but I am not learning using Tozan notation, and don't actually need such software just yet, so I abandoned further tinkering. Still, it worked for me!
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 01:05    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Hi Eugene,
Thank you for your feedback, I am glad to know that at least the software works :-)

By the way, if you are not using Tozan notation, do you use Kinko? Or just Western notation? The problem I find with Western notation is that it cannot express different tone colors or shakuhachi-specific interpretation/articulation notations. As for Kinko, I am planning to add it at some point, first at least in terms of font, but I am focusing now on getting everything good looking for Tozan.

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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 07:10    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Roban, over the time a lot of people have asked about sofware for shakuhachi notation. So the interest is certainly out there!
People - including myself - are just slow.
So thank you for sharing! I am sure over the time people will use it!
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 08:39    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Thank you Roban, looks good. What operating system is your software runing on?
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 09:10    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

LowBlow, the software is written in Java, so it should run on most modern OSes. If you have time just give it a try, I would really appreciate any kind of feedback.
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 09:17    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Kiku, thanks for the reassurance, I shall keep improving the software and keep everyone up-to-date about the progress.
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 17:09    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

I would love to see a Kinko version also.
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 23:55    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Roban Beuran wrote:
By the way, if you are not using Tozan notation, do you use Kinko? Or just Western notation?

Mainly Kinko, with some stylistic differences inherited from Yokoyama or Taniguchi, from what I understand from my teacher. No Western notation (and I have not gotten round to reviving my limited knowledge of it from my elementary school days.)
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PostPosted: 2013-12-25, 12:29    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Thank you for all your comments. Thus I got confirmation from this forum members that there is some interest in notation software, although probably there is more interest in Kinko notation than Tozan. I am planning to add such support, first at least in terms of characters, in the beginning of next year. I'll make an announcement again when this happens.
My first concern is about converting Western notation to shakuhachi one, but I am also hoping to find a way for people to avoid Western notation if they just want to create a score from scratch. Probably this will be done first by using some sort of text format, as LilyPond does for Western notation. This will happen probably towards the middle of next year. Again, I'll make an announcement again when this happens.
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PostPosted: 2014-01-06, 20:38    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

I am very interested, was frustrated over Christmas, trying to convert the German christmas carols to shakuhachi. I have downloaded, and next free time is committed to testing! Thanks a lot for sharing. Michael
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PostPosted: 2014-01-10, 13:33    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

I'm glad that more and more people, such as Michael, started finding ShakuViewer useful. It's exactly for this kind of tasks, such as quickly displaying Christmas songs, that I created this software.

By the way, based on a suggestion by H. Tachibana, I created a MuseScore plugin that should make it a lot easier to use ShakuViewer. After installing the plugin in MuseScore, it is enough to use the menu "Plugins > Open in ShakuViewer" to display the currently opened score in ShakuViewer. You can then print it, export it to PostScript, etc.

For more details about this MuseScore plugin please see the following link: http://musescore.org/en/project/openinshakuviewer
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PostPosted: 2014-01-11, 11:53    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Hi Roban. I would love to see a Kinko version, and also I have no knowledge of western notation so a system which doesn't involve it would be fantastic!
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PostPosted: 2014-01-11, 13:17    Post subject: Notation software Reply with quote

Hi Felix, the whole point is to convert western notation, to Tozan, or Shak notation. There is another program that listens to the music, and makes Shak notation from it, but I haven't tried it. (I downlaoded it, but can't find it! It's from a guy in Japan, who has lot's of Shak tuners and so on.
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