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Re: Unconventional score and unwanted stray staff lines

From: David Bellows
Subject: Re: Unconventional score and unwanted stray staff lines
Date: Sun, 19 May 2019 09:02:36 -0700

Hey Andrew,

I did receive your other email. I guess the one emailed directly to me
got through. I haven't had time to go through everything you wrote yet
but I would be interested in seeing that part of the Lilypond file.
I'm hoping my problem doesn't require a complex solution since all I'm
trying to do is end a staff where it's supposed to end and I'm not
worried about making them all line up.

Anyway, if you can find it, check out the last email I sent to the
list where I point out what might be a bug in Lilypond. The extra
staves only occur if the final not is an actual printed note. For
staves that end in a rest or space, no more extra staves are created.
What's more, the behavior only seems to happen if the duration is less
than a quarter note.

Thanks for your help on this, hopefully I'm getting closer to a solution.


On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 8:48 AM Andrew Bernard <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Interesting, I emailed the following to the list but for the first time ever 
> it was rejected by the list moderator (person or software?) for being too 
> large, yet it is not. Anyway, I mention here Karim Haddid's help for me, and 
> sure enough, he has also posted. I'll copy the text ere, and send the PDF to 
> you personally off list to avoid this strange problem.
> ====
> Hi David,
> Currently I do not have a lot of time to look into your problem, but this 
> does remind me of work I have done for my current String Quartet engraving. 
> It's a New Complexity composition by a colleague (all 300 pages of it) and 
> some parts are in polymeter and in different tempos. Here attached is an 
> extract of one of those sections, which demonstrates a system comprised of 
> four instruments with staves that end at different positions - two duos. This 
> reminded me of your score.
> If of interest, I can send you the code for this privately.
> You can find out about how this is done in the NR under the polymeter 
> section. It involves a subtle use of scaled durations. I must also 
> acknowledge Karim Haddid who helped me very much achieving this result. I 
> will say in advance that setting up the proportional ratios for this section 
> involved a large amount of thinking (and headache tablets).
> ====
> Andrew

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