ABC Synt is used for music notation and accompanying text in a graduation project at the Ravensbourne University. From (then) design student Thomas Golding:
This project from my final year at university consists of a selection of graphic scores, designed by myself, with accompanying tracks from different musicians based on each score. The concept focuses on the journey between audio and visual music, as detailed below.
Using the unique visual language, I created the first score, designed by the sounds that surround me on a day to day basis. Step two: I sent this over to the first candidate with the following instructions:
– Using the graphic score as a reference create a 30-second track
- Try to limit yourself to 30 minutes of writing before you wrap up the song
- And finally to have fun, and not to take the score too literally, but enjoy the process
After listening to the track from the candidate, I created a new song inspired by their sounds. With the new score complete, I repeated from step two but with a new candidate.
This back and forth process between musician and designer created a journey that can be seen both through the graphic score and the evolutions of each track.