Ensemble Asko|Schönberg, music publisher Donemus and French software company Newzik are initiating a joint innovative pilot that forms the basis for further collaboration between composer, publisher and ensemble and orchestras, making use of the latest technological developments…
Newzik has developed software that enables collaborative sheet music reading on iPads. During the concert (De)construction of Asko|Schönberg on 17 May 2018 in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, this software on iPad will be used for the first time in the Netherlands.
The digital solution
Sheet music on tablets is not new. However, the company Newzik is developing a technology that, in the near future, guarantees publishing rights and copyright. This enables safe distribution, copying, editing and archiving of scores and the copyright is protected.
How does it work and what are the benefits?
The music of Yannis Kyriakides – ‘Der Komponist’, supplied by Donemus is put into the new software by Newzik and sent to the ensemble. During the rehearsals, all remarks that are made by the conductor and musicians are immediately recorded in all files (parts) and saved for the future. This not only makes rehearsing more efficient, it is also very important that knowledge about play methods and techniques is recorded and archived. This is of great importance for Asko|Schönberg, because the ensemble often collaborates with the composer. Not only the remarks but also all personal cues, a wealth of added information, are immortalized.
This new development paves the way for a definite switch from the old paper sheet music to the digital age. The initiative is also embraced abroad. In its short existence, Newzik has been able to bind Die Wiener Staatsoper and various orchestras in France, the United Kingdom and the United States.