Graphic Notation / by Katie Edmonds

Graphic notation is the practice of writing down musical compositions graphically rather than on a traditional staff. The results are that interpretation or reading of the music is not longer privileged to knowledge of music theory.

I assisted on a shoot a few years ago for a film about a composer who wrote an epic piece of music entirely in graphic notation. It hung in the Kantor Museum at Stanford, and live interpretive performances took place over the course of the month long installation.