Happy birthday, abc!

I can’t remember exactly when I started scribbling bits of music down on paper in text form, though it must have been sometime around 1986 or 87.

However, I do have a very precise date for when I released version 1.0 of abc2mtex on an unsuspecting world – 8th December 1993 – exactly 20 years ago today.

Happy birthday, abc! (And thanks to all those who have contributed software, tunes, help and suggestions over the years.)


The problem with midi

When I first set up the tune search, back in 2009, I seem to remember it wasn’t too difficult to provide an embedded midi player next to each tune … once I’d got around Internet Explorer’s quirks, that is.

Sadly however, it seems to be getting harder rather than easier. And it’s not just me that thinks that: as w3schools says “Playing audio in HTML is not easy!

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At last …

Nearly a year ago I thought it would be a nice idea to incorporate scalable vector graphics into the site … shouldn’t take too long, I thought …

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abcnotation.com goes mobile

I’m very pleased to announce that the mobile version of abcnotation.com has just been launched.

Optimised for smart-phones and other hand-held devices you can find it at abcnotation.com/mobile.

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Happy new year

It’s that time of year again so I thought I’d give a quick round-up of what’s been going on here in abc land over the past year:

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October updates

A round-up of changes to the site since June

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June updates

A quick round up of updates to abcnotation.com since last time:

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April updates

A quick round up of the changes to the site since the last update in February:

Read more » April updates

What next?

What would you like to see next on abcnotation.com?

Here are some of the possibilities:

  • A tune player with speed controls – so you can listen to the midi files slowed down or speeded up
  • A tune upload facility – so you can create your own pages and even, optionally, add tunes to the tune search
  • Links to amazon.com – so you can search for recorded versions of tunes
  • A smart-phone app that connects to the tune search – so you can access it anywhere
  • Allow comments on tune pages – so you can add notes & comments
  • Melody search – so you can find tunes by searching for a sequence of notes

Vote now, or add a comment below to make more suggestions.

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Stop thief

I’ve recently been playing around with some code to preventĀ hotlinking of the images on the site.

Hotlinking is when a page in one website displays an image served from another website.

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