animatednotation.com [ANDC] was created by composer Ryan Ross Smith in order to document the emerging field of animated music notation [a subset of dynamic scoring], and to situate the discourse within a broader historical context.

In the spirit of this field, ANDC provides me with a forum to share my research in as close-to-realtime as possible, to provide a platform by which a global dialogue can take place in a centralized location, and finally, given the speed at which new and novel approaches to animated notation occur, ANDC will hopefully provide a more-flexible approach to scholarship than traditional formats, and necessarily so. Thank you for visiting!

What is Animated Notation? [the quick and dirty explanation]

Animated notation is a subset of dynamic scoring that features perceptible contact and intersection between elements in a notational fashion.

Why animate notation?

Plenty of reasons, including alternative approaches to generating rhythmic complexity, electroacoustic synchronicity, open/modular form, among others. Please visit the 'Composers' page to learn more.

About the author:

animatednotation.com is run by composer Ryan Ross Smith out of his home in Fremont Center, NY. Smith started this website while researching for his Ph.D. at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


So much is owed to the work done by Páll Ivan Pálsson and his animated notation blog [animatednotation.blogspot.com], as well as the work of, and conversations with, the members of S.L.A.T.U.R., Jesper Pedersen, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, and everyone else featured on this site.

Every attempt is made to correctly cite the author of any and all musical works, scores, writings, etc. If there are citations missing, or corrections that need to be made, please contact me. With the exception of explicitly-cited writings, images, videos, biographies, etc., all other content is by Ryan Ross Smith.