Methods and Tools for Transcribing Electroacoustic Music

Fourth International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation
Wednesday, May 23 – 11:15 – Montréal, CIRMMT A-832



This article presents some tools and methods to carry out transcriptions of electroacoustic music. It introduces the relationship between sound analysis and image or draw- ing at the birth of electroacoustic music and explains the interest of creating transcriptions. The article contains a proposed framework, based on several years of practice, which links musical analysis to transcription, sound analy- sis and representation. The different parts of a transcription are then detailed and methods are proposed to create anno- tations with reference to various examples I have created since the late 1990s.
The last section presents the EAnalysis package, devel- oped with Simon Emmerson and Leigh Landy at Leicester’s De Montfort University, in order to create a tool for analyzing, transcribing and representing electroacous- tic music. It introduces the interface, the architecture and the transcription features of this piece of software in rela- tion to other technologies.