We now have a free encyclopedia. We now have a free library. We now have
free pictures. Now we have to *free the music*
) and make it available for everyone. But with the preservation of the
wiki-idea: publishing music with a free license, or publishing music in the
Let's make a WikiMusic. A Wiki with:
- *both score and text* of a free piece of music
- the *music itself* in a playable music file (in different versions,
for example one version with trumpet, one with a whole orchestra, not MIDI)
- the *sheet music* in a wiki-text format
- *information about* the piece of music.
The WikiMusic has to be *user-friendly* as well. So NO WikiMusic just for
expert musicians, but also for people who are just looking for a nice work
of Beethoven. There has to be a system to *search* in this Wiki in a
user-friendly way, too. Maybe the so-called Parsons
) can be used?
The WikiMusic wiki has to *allow for growth*. Not just for experts, but
rather also for people with little knowledge of the software.
at the moment
still too difficult, too technical, for this purpose. Maybe
there are possibilities to make it easier to enter scores into a Wiki. Maybe
it is possible to integrate some kind of keyboard (java applet) in the
software, and have the software rewrite it into Lilypond-like formats.
Perhaps a (java) applet to drag and drop the notes into the score can be
developed, so a full score can be reproduced in a Wiki. And that such will
be transcribed into the Lilypond format automatically is our dream.
The Wikimusic has to be *editable*. So not just the creation of new scores
has to be easy, but also their editing. Maybe some way can be found to
change the rather complex format of lilypond into a drag-and-drop idea, so
the sheet can be altered easily. Later the sheet can be transcribed into the
standard format again.
WikiMusic must, last but not least, be *able to survive*. Not only with its
envisioned community, but also with a protection from vandals. It may prove
to be be hard to maintain the usual wiki-way here. Some brainstorming about
this issue needs to be done. How can vandals be checked best, by a mere
possibility of *listening to the differences* perhaps?
You can help with this! Today a proposal is posted on meta (
), and there are still a lot of
technical issues to be solved. Plese add your comment, and get the project
on it's way. Every bit of help and comment is welcome. I hope to see you