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Re: Singing support for LilyPond

From: Milan Zamazal
Subject: Re: Singing support for LilyPond
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2007 11:23:23 +0100
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>>>>> "HN" == Han-Wen Nienhuys <address@hidden> writes:

    HN> also, on the larger scale, I don't fully understand the need for
    HN> the patch.  Why isn't possible to have script/program that sings
    HN> any MIDI file?  LilyPond already exports its lyrics to MIDI.  I
    HN> imagine that the only work necessary is to glue together
    HN> syllables to words.

At the time we started the project LilyPond didn't export lyrics to
MIDI.  Even now it may not be possible to synthesize songs from MIDI
without additional support from LilyPond.  For instance, AFAIK there is
no information about the track corresponding to a given piece of lyrics
or about rests in lyrics.  Gluing syllables to words without additional
information would be also difficult for languages that require that to
pronounce the lyrics correctly (such as English).

But if information in the MIDI file was complete, it should be possible
(and probably easier) to use the MIDI file for song synthesis.  It would
be nice if someone wrote support for this.


Milan Zamazal

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