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"as fast as possible" pseudo-tuplets

From: N. Andrew Walsh
Subject: "as fast as possible" pseudo-tuplets
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 15:38:39 +0100

Hi List,

I'm working on a realization of Stockhausen's "Plus Minus", and one of its frequent features is the instruction to play a group of notes "as fast as possible". In contemporary music notation there is a common practice of notating rapid passages with a single slashed beam and irregular note spacing, giving the duration as a note value with a tuplet bracket. I see in the LSR the following:

which together seem like they'd provide the necessary function, but I don't know how to implement them together as a single command. What I would like is the following, if possible:

I can treat the passage as a tuplet, allowing me to calculate the entire duration,
which I can then specify to be displayed instead of a tuplet number,
the passage will be contained under a single, slashed beam, and (optionally)
the note-spacing can be irregular (does Lily even have this capability? To apply randomized x-offsets to specific notes without interfering with the alignment of other voices?)

LSR 721 makes it look like even getting slashed beams involves a lot of Scheme code; is there a more elegant way to do this?

Thanks in advance for the help.


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