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Co-chair Meeting Minutes: January 21, 2020

NAMM Show 2020

Michael attended the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California between January 16 and January 19. Eleven people attended the W3C Music Notation Community Group dinner on the Friday evening at Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove, and a good time was had by all.

MIDI 2.0 is in the process of being ratified by the MIDI Manufacturers’ Association, and it is expected to be officially announced in the near future. Michael reports that the proposed successor to the Standard MIDI File format, currently called SM2F, could potentially include some notation representation in some way. Michael agreed to work on this and in particular to try to understand the use cases that could be covered by including notation information in a Standard MIDI File.

Music Engraving in the 21st Century Conference

Daniel attended the Music Engraving in the 21st Century conference at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January. The conference programme was very interesting, with presentations spanning business and collaboration issues, technical papers (for example, on the use of blockchain as an alternative to traditional copyright, or the application of machine learning techniques to a variety of music notation and engraving problems), round-table discussions, and hands-on sessions exploring technologies and products, including MusicXML, LilyPond, Frescobaldi, and Dorico.

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2020

Michael is going to contact the organisers of Musikmesse to arrange a time and venue for our regular W3C Music Notation Community Group meeting. In descending order of preference, we are trying to organise for the afternoon of Friday 3 April, Thursday 2 April, or Wednesday 1 April. More details will be forthcoming soon.

As always, we are interested to hear from any company who would be willing to sponsor the drinks reception following the meeting. Companies who sponsor the meeting are given some time on the agenda to promote their products and services, and are featured in the publicity leading up to the event. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s reception, please contact Michael directly.


Adrian has added both a table of contents and some new sections to the MNX-Common by Example page, for key signatures and accidentals.

He has also completed work on pull request #169, concerning slurs as liaison-content, and this has now been merged into the main specification and MNX-Common by Example page, closing issue #167.

Next, Adrian is going to concentrate on fleshing out a couple more simple notations on the MNX-Common by example page, and then prepare a proposal for the encoding of dynamics for community discussion.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

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