The TTS language for music description

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A language for describing hierarchical music structures in the Twelve Tone system is presented. The language, entitled ‘the Twelve Tone Strings (MS) Language’, is based on temporal combination of Twelve Tone Strings. It is unique in its generality and flexibility; it can be expanded to support many divers musical activities. Twelve Tone Strings can serve as the basic structures of cognitive models, as well as data structures for practical applications, like, typesetting and editing. We claim that it can be used to standardize music description languages. An all purpose music workstation, that is based on the TTS language, might provide a powerful input/output facility for computer research in cognitive musicology and formal theories of music. The music workstation, currently under development in Ben Gurion University, is based on the TTS language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-523
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Man-Machine Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988

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  • General Engineering


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