Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MuseScore - 120813 - Music Manumit Podcast

MuseScore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In this episode: 
We talk with some of the guys behind the sheet music making program MuseScore.

Here are Doug's notes he took during the show.

Also http://musescore.org/

Give us an overview of your project
Mac, Linux and Windows

3.5 million downloads!

Latest version: 1.2 / March 13, 2012

BY-NC may or may not be popular
What about tablets?
Player is for iPad, iPod and Android

How do people use the software? What about Midi Drums?
midi drums is not the best way to use

What are your ambitions for the project?
Lead devoloper started in 2002.
Spinoff from Muse

200-250 people contributing to the project.

Tripled number of downloads in just a few months in 2010.

Started as piano composition software

True hacker in the sense that he is scratching his own itch.

What is the relationship with OpenGoldberg?
http://musescore.org/en/node/16503 -- use of CC0!

Project was started over two years ago.

iPad app for OpenGoldberg

OCR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_character_recognition
MuseScore OCR can do staffs! ...but nothing else yet

One Note at a time, but might have

What drew you to free software and MuseScore?
Thomas - http://www.wikifonia.org/ --
Ambition: enlarge the database of sheet music.
Standard and Tool were needed!
Now, MusicXML is the standard and MuseScore is the tool!
MusicXML was not supported in the commercial competitors.
At the time, MuseScore
Wikifonia has not been a success but MuseScore.com

How does the software compare to Finale?
Finale is several projects.
MuseScore is more feature complete than the lowest version of Finale
MuseScore is young and focus is music notation.


MuseScore is supported in 40+ languages.

A lot of people are being introduced to music notation through MuseScore

What is the Creative Commons/free software culture like in the MuseScore community?
A lot of people are not aware for free culture

Does MuseScore have a business model?
Freemium on MuseScore.com -- $49 for unlimited storage
Flickr has gone to shorter increments

What are your other projects, if any?
Nicholas formerly taught drums, but now fully dedicated to MuseScore.
Thomas says -- more than full time, it’s a startup!
can travel the world to Music Hack Days!
The three guys in MuseScore are in Belgium, France and Germany

Often invited to present about OpenGoldberg and MuseScore!

What are some of your favorite bands/artists/genres, CC or otherwise?
likes soundtracks/film scores. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennio_Morricone

Vampire Weekend


Who are some people you think we should try to get on the show?

Doug also mentions dogmazic

Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?
Talk to the guys if you are a CC musicians!
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