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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



MusicXML - An open format for music notation

Track: BOF
Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Grande Ballroom C

Moderated by: Michael Good, Recordare LLC

MusicXML represents common Western musical notation from the 17th century onwards. It is designed as an interchange format for music notation, analysis, retrieval, and performance applications.

The downloadable sheet music market has been constrained by reliance on proprietary binary formats. If you buy sheet music from companies like MusicNotes, Sunhawk, or a company using the Scorch format, you can play it, view it, or print it only with that single proprietary player. This provides little value-added to consumers when compared to printed music on paper. MusicXML is designed to overcome these proprietary barriers that prevent musicians from getting the most out of their online sheet music.

MusicXML has become the most successful music interchange format since MIDI. It has been adopted both by established market leaders such as Finale and SharpEye Music Reader, as well as by emerging software projects such as Project XEMO and Middle C.

We will discuss our experiences both in designing MusicXML and building support for the format from music software developers.

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