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Chord Spelling and Melody Translation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052750D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alston, E: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

An interactive graphic display system can be used to spell musical chords and to translate melodies from one key to another.

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Chord Spelling and Melody Translation

An interactive graphic display system can be used to spell musical chords and to translate melodies from one key to another.

Chord Spelling: Fig. 1 shows an example of a display frame that could be used for chord spelling. Input to the system can be by directly indicating items in the menu at the bottom of the frame (using, for example, a light pen or a cursor) or by pressing predefined keys on a keyboard. The individual notes of a chord can be entered into the system for display in an area 1. The system will then display the name of the chord in an area 2. Conversely, the name of a chord can be entered into the system (as above, using a light pen, cursor or keys to select items from the menu) and the system will generate and display the individual notes of the chord.

Melody Translation: Fig. 2 shows an example of a display frame that could be used for melody translation. The user would select FROM KEY and the key in which music is to be entered. The user would then select TO KEY and the key into which he wants the music to be translated. He can also elect to have the translation up or down one or more octaves. The notes entered into the system will appear in an area 3. The translation will appear in an area 4.

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