colophon /ˈkɒləfən/, n. 1. In manuscripts, the note, usually at the end, left by the scribe who copied it, giving information on his exemplar, where and when the copy was made and sometimes, his own name.

It’s been a long time coming, but an idea that I conceived almost two years ago is finally come to fruition. I first used the extensible nature of LilyPond to customise editions when I was creating an edition for a course at University and was yet unsure of the tactus, meter and transposition I was going to impose on the notation. LilyPond comes with many useful functions such as \shiftDurations which alters tactus on the fly and a smart \t… Read more

When writing music functions in Lilypond, we often wish to apply complicated functions to music expressions. We want to process all notes, or just the rests, or every 5th breathing mark. Lilypond makes this easy for us by providing the (partially documented) music-map function. This function works just like pure Scheme equivalent and applies proc to mus (music-map proc mus). There is even a Lilypond wrapper to this Scheme function in \musicMap… Read more

A significant feature of Yockÿrr Editions is the ability to transcribe music in a variety of tactuses: quaver, crotchet, minim all the way down to breve. This sliding duration is a core function of each edition and is simply achieved by using the non-documented Lilypond function \shiftDurations here which is a wrapper around the Scheme function shift-duration-log … Read more

Art in edition and steps to democratise editorial processes This essay builds upon ideas that were first tentatively put forward in my BA Notation Portfolio.… Read more

The last couple of weeks have been taken up largely with restructuring the website as you see it today. After some issues (mainly on my part failing to properly administer a live web server without breaking it), I changed hosting provider from Amazon to Mythic Beasts. This has many advantages:… Read more

During my continuing and frustrating quest to simplify my edition–making process, I have been constructing a large number of extensions and macros. So many in fact that I’ve had to start portioning them off into appropriate files. The header of my code has gone from:… Read more

For frequently repeating strophic music, the problem of where to put different words that follow the same music gets harder and harder. For through–composed music, repeats are not a problem as new words will have new music. Aside from eliminating repeats which creates unacceptable redundancy, we have two basic options: displaying the new verse under the same music or displaying extra stanzas under the music.… Read more

Just a quick update on the website—it’s done. There is very little content and a lot of it is non-serious or a placeholder until I have some actual content. But it’s done and it actually works (this is a very big thing for me because I have never made a website this complex before).… Read more

The first post, of a brand new blog.… Read more