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Re: Unconventional score and unwanted stray staff lines

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: Unconventional score and unwanted stray staff lines
Date: Sun, 19 May 2019 17:50:02 -0400

Hi Mark,

> You are asking a computer (Lilypond) to look good when "one never knows 
> what's going to happen."
> IMHO, the two are mutually exclusive.

Doesn’t that depends ultimately upon the precise algorithms (and thus output) 
involved? I mean, I could code an algorithm that outputs either

  { c'1 }


  { c''1 }

with no other possibility. If the algorithm uses a random number generator to 
determine which output to give, “one never knows what’s going to happen”, but 
it would still be easy for Lilypond to make the result "look good".

Obviously this is a vast simplification of the actual situation under 
discussion… My point is simply that the two constraints, while potentially 
difficult to satisfy simultaneously, aren’t [literally] mutually exclusive.


Kieren MacMillan, composer
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