The Decibel ScorePlayer: New developments and improved functionality


Cat Hope

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


International Computer Music Association


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




Hope, C.A., Wyatt, A.K., Vickery, L.R. (2015). The Decibel ScorePlayer: New developments and improved functionality. Proceedings of the 41st International Computer Music Conference ICMC 2015. (pp. 314-317). Denton, Texas: University of North Texas.


In 2012 Western Australian new music ensemble Decibel launched a commercially available score reader application (app) for the iPad, on the iTunes store.1 The Decibel ScorePlayer allows for network-synchronised scrolling of proportional colour music scores on multiple iPads. It is designed to facilitate the reading of scores featuring predominantly non-traditional notation in rehearsal and performance. The Decibel ScorePlayer has recently been further developed to include a range of new functions. These include new score models, enhanced instructions delivery, network communication based on the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol and the ability to package audio playback as part of a score file and improved networking protocols. This paper discusses the evolution of these additions and the way they have been driven by, and adopted in, compositions and performances by the ensemble.

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