New music on iPads – the graphic score

Cat Hope & Aaron Wyatt, Edith Cowan University Part of CW12

This presentation looks at the work Western Australian group Decibel new music ensemble have been doing with ipads as graphic music score readers in performance. With investment from an industry partner, Decibel have been working toward the realisation a number of scores on networked ipads, some of which they premiered in their September concert at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. An ‘app’ has been developed, that allows any score to be inserted into and put in motion inside a ‘reader’.

In addition, they commissioned new works for the reader, and adapted others – such as the complete John Cage Variations scores. The most recent adoption is a work for 2 concert organs and string orchestra for the International SpaceTimeConcerto competition, where the readers connect with five different orchestras/countries over the Internet. The features of the reader, and the processes of its development will be examined and demonstrated in this presentation.