P22 MusicFont

Os tipos da P22 passaram-se completamente!

Num acto de puro experimentalismo (ou em resposta a um desafio de John Cage*) criaram um tipo para notação musical. A acomponhar, ou para melhor demostra-lo criaram esta aplicação web que “toca” as letras que escrevemos em MIDI e dão-nos a oportunidade de fazer download do ficheiro…

Visto orinalmente na Design & Publishing Center NEWSLETTER de Janeiro:

P22 has done it again, with yet another very cool spin-off web site.

While well known for their fonts, I had no idea they were into music until I discovered the Music Text Composition Generator free online music utility! If you’re not a musician, then it’s just fun. If you are a musician, then it’s really fun! Try it out:

* http://p22.com/musicfont/

*The P22 Music Composition Font was proposed in 1997 to the John Cage Trust as an accompaniment to the John Cage text font based on the handwriting of the composer. The idea was basic and simple-every letter of the alphabet was assigned to a note on a scale. This would allow for any text to be converted into musical notation. The idea was rejected by the John Cage Trust, however the John Cage Silence font based on his famous 4’33” composition was accepted and continues to be offered for sale to this day. An earlier project based on the work of Marcel Duchamp was also influential in the evolution of this project. This page and current project has no affiliation with John Cage, the John Cage Trust or the Marcel Duchamp estate.

The font used in the P22 MTCG is a basic version that closely follows the initial Cage inspired idea. Each letter, number and punctuation mark is assigned a note on the C major scale. When the user generates their composition the same substitutions are applied to their text that the eventually released Opentype font performs. These substitutions are based on the frequency of phonetic sounds and letters in the English language corresponding to the most common ranges in the human voice and note durations. A basic version of the font that can create pages of sheet music in any word processing or design application will be offered in the near future as well as a separate font of notation symbols. The expanded Opentype version of the font will also be made available soon and will include contextual chords and the full range of notation symbols.


Author: Pedro Amado

Professor Auxiliar na Faculdade de Belas Artes Universidade do Porto lecionar Ferramentas Digitais, Web Design, Design de Interação e Creative Coding

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