Forums shut down

April 2nd, 2015

I have decided to close down the discussion forums at The existing content is still available to view but you will not be able to post anything.

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Happy birthday, abc!

December 8th, 2013

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

April 10th, 2013

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 …

March 6th, 2013

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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March 1st, 2012

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

Optimised for smart-phones and other hand-held devices you can find it at

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Happy new year

January 10th, 2012

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

October 15th, 2011

A round-up of changes to the site since June

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June updates

June 17th, 2011

A quick round up of updates to since last time:

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April updates

April 14th, 2011

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

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What next?

March 16th, 2011

What would you like to see next on

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 – 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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