In a few years "A musician could potentially have access to the entire world's music repertoire at their finger tips." Printed sheet music is about to become obsolete.

Invention Will Strike a Chord With Musicians

Digital software and hardware being developed in conjunction with the University of Adelaide is set to revolutionise the music industry around the world.

"We have all the ingredients in Adelaide to create a world-class digital music reader -- we just need to find the right hardware manufacturing partner," says BTM Innovation managing director Peter Grimshaw.

"Annotations will be able to be stored and distributed digitally per page, depending on the needs of the individual musician," says Mr Grimshaw.

...Page turns will be possible without moving a hand from the musical instrument. This may be via a foot pedal or some other means."

 

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Wow! How awesome!

Sounds like a real breakthrough.

Kindle ... on a steek.

yeah - that's what it looks like - or perhaps an iPad.

Nah, I can't imagine them using a back-light.  You don't want that on stage, in an auditorium.  Battery-life would also be an issue, with a back-light.

Anyway, from the picture, it looks like an E-ink screen.

Yeah - that sounds right - didn't think of that.

Have a good one Joseph!

Yeah, I over-think everything.  OCD is occasionally useful ... not that I'd call this particular application useful ...

Plus, I was in band, back in elementary school, middle school, and high school, so I probably have a bit more experience in the appropriate environment.

"A musician could potentially have access to the entire world's music repertoire at their finger tips."

Unfortunately for us -- fortunately for large publishing empires -- copyright terms keep creeping upwards. The 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, a.k.a. the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act", added 20 years for works as old as 1923, resulting in many works being under copyright for the life of the author plus 70 years. Corporate welfare leading towards an ideal of perpetual copyright....

 

(Chart by Tom W. Bell via Wikipedia, assuming works are created 35 years before the author's death.)

... federal legislation has steadily increased the term of copyright, the subject matter covered by copyright, and the remedies for infringement of copyright. Even the Copyright Act itself has expanded over the years. The evidence suggests that federal lawmakers favor expanding the rights of copyright owners over all else--including the public interest. I conclude that the Copyright Act suffers from statutory failure ...

(Tom W. Bell, "Trend of Maximum U.S. General Copyright Term")

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