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Seeking a developer to join Steinberg’s scoring team

Daniel Spreadbury

Steinberg is currently looking for an experienced C++ software developer to join our team in London to help accelerate the development of our scoring application. If you’d like to join a small, close-knit team working on the next generation of scoring and composition software within a supportive and forward-looking company with a technological pedigree that is second to none, and you believe you have the right combination of skills and experience, you should consider applying.

Full details of the role are available on our web site.

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Development diary, part four

Daniel Spreadbury

One year ago today, my colleagues and I began work on our new scoring application in our new home at Steinberg. To mark this anniversary, I thought I would bring you right up to date with our progress. My last update took us up to the end of July, so there are three whole months to catch you up on. We’ve been continuing to work hard on getting our application’s understanding of fundamental musical concepts to be really solid, so that we can build powerful and flexible features on top of those foundations. Read on.

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Development diary, part three

Daniel Spreadbury

In my last post, I started to bring you up to date on our progress over the past few months, and today I’m going to continue the story. You have probably by now come to expect a fair amount of nerdy detail, and hopefully I won’t disappoint.

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Development diary, part two

Daniel Spreadbury

It’s been four months since I last provided an update on our progress in building our new scoring application, so I thought it was about time to lift the curtain a little bit and give you some idea about what we’ve been working on. Warning: this post is pretty nerdy, and very long… and it only covers April and May.

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Hear Daniel on the SoundNotion podcast

Daniel Spreadbury

David MacDonald, Patrick Gullo, Nate Bliton and Sam Merciers were kind enough to invite me to appear on the SoundNotion podcast this week, and I had a great time chatting with them about the work we’re doing on our new scoring application, SMuFL and Bravura. You can download the podcast from the SoundNotion.tv web site, subscribe via iTunes, or watch the whole thing on YouTube. Enjoy!

The G clef in Bravura, from original symbol to finished design

Introducing Bravura, the new music font

Daniel Spreadbury

Today I’m at the Music Encoding Conference in Mainz, Germany, where I am giving a presentation on the work I have been doing over the past several months on music fonts for our new application. There are two major components to the work: firstly, a proposed new standard for how musical symbols should be laid out in a font, which I have called the Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL to its friends, pronounced with a long “u”, so something like “smoofle”); and secondly, a new music font, called Bravura. Read on for more details.

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The first five months

Daniel Spreadbury

We’re now a few days into April and our team has been working for Steinberg for five months (we started work on 5 November last year, which happened to be my birthday). Although I can’t share lots of details about what we’re working on, perhaps a few details of what we’ve been up to will be intriguing enough to be interesting.

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How music notation software impacts musicians

Daniel Spreadbury

I was asked to answer the question, “Does music notation software have a considerable impact on musicians?” on Quora. Here’s my answer. (If you want to follow me on Quora, here I am.)

I’m certain that music notation software has had an impact on musicians in many fields, both on the creation side with composers, arrangers and publishers, and on the consumption side, with performers. This impact is both positive and negative, of course, just as with any other tool.

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Musicians’ Union Meeting Report

Daniel Spreadbury

Nearly two weeks ago, on the morning of 13 February, the whole of the Steinberg scoring team decamped to the London headquarters of the Musicians’ Union, a short walk from the Oval cricket ground, for a meeting with members of the MU’s Music Writers’ Committee and a number of other professional musicians from around the city. The purpose of the meeting was to share our plans with a group of top professional musicians and to solicit their feedback on those plans, as well as to hear from them their hopes and wishes for our new project. Read on to find out about how it went.

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Keeping Score becomes Making Notes

Daniel Spreadbury

Shortly after we launched our new blog on Wednesday this week, we became aware of the fact that the name “Keeping Score” is a registered trademark in the United States, and we have been asked to change the name of the blog.

The new name will be Making Notes, which is both a charming musical pun and also a reflection of the work that lies ahead of us, namely to build software that will, in turn, allow you to make notes yourself.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change of name, and hope that you will continue to stay tuned for updates on the development of our new software.

As part of this change, we will also shut down the blog’s own Facebook page (since it uses the trademarked name), and ask that you will kindly like Steinberg’s official Facebook page, so that future posts will appear automatically in your timeline, along with news relating to Steinberg’s other software and hardware products.

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