Set of two drawings for Musicwriter Type Set

Drawing, Technical

Accession Number: 1992.262.5a-b

Scope & Content: Each drawing shows two rows of black music symbols. Drawing no. 1 is a pen and pencil sketch on ivory-colored paper; drawing no. 2, on a translucent sheet, shows a different set of symbols in black ink. Numbers above each symbol correspond to the input keys on the Musicwriter, an electric music typewriter.

Creator: American Printing House for the Blind

Interview Date: / /

Collection: APH Collection

Credit Line: APH Collection, 1992.262.4.

Administrative History: In 1971, the American Printing House for the Blind began working on a joint Braille Music Research Project with the Library of Congress, Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, to develop a program for computer-assisted translation of braille music. In 1972, the project focused on an input system consisting of a modified, electric music typewriter cable-connected to a keypunch machine. This device could simultaneously create keypunched data cards and typed proofing copies.

Subjects: Braille music notation Transcription Computer programming