Double Stems Revised

I received some feedback that the double stems on half notes were too subtle and too easily overlooked in the Clairnote sheet music produced by LilyPond. This was especially the case when viewed on a computer screen at lower resolutions where the two stems tended to blur together. So I have revised them to make them clearer and harder to miss. The two stems are now a little further apart and the second stem is a little thicker than the first. Continue reading

8va / 8vb and Clefs

Back in May (how time flies!) I mentioned some improvements to the code for rendering Clairnote notation with LilyPond.  These started with a fix for a bug with 8va and 8vb music, and led to better code for clefs as well.  The details are technical, having to do with LilyPond’s internals, and probably more than anyone would ever care to know, but it was a real breakthrough in a longstanding challenge in my work implementing alternative music notation systems in LilyPond.  So here goes… Continue reading

Clairnote in MuseScore

Clairnote in MuseScore? Too good to be true! And yet, as amazing as it seems, this post is to announce and acknowledge an effort to add support for Clairnote to MuseScore.  This project was undertaken by Craig Fisher and has actually been underway for over a year now.  Many thanks to him for all his great work on this!  Continue reading

“Collage” – a New Composition in Clairnote

A talented young music student named Samuel Lam has composed a new piece for the piano in Clairnote.  This is a “first” for Clairnote!  The piece is titled “Collage” and was inspired in part by Clairnote’s “chromatic staff” approach to music notation.  As Samuel put it, “I tried to incorporate lots of different intervals and my writing was very chromatic.”  Continue reading

Staves of Unusual Size

Announcing the latest LilyPond improvements…  Last week I released a new version of the code that extends LilyPond so that it can produce sheet music in Clairnote (clairnote-code.ly clairnote.ly version 20150412).  Here is a brief summary of all the many improvements: Continue reading