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Happy Birthday JSB (and Bach-related Google Doodle)

334 years ago on this calendar (that is an issue) day, Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Thuringia (there was no "Germany" yet), arguably the greatest musician-composer to date born on this planet, and without doubt, the man whose proficiency at and practice of Counterpoint, the subject of this group, are now accepted worldwide as the gold standard, goal, and almost definition of this discipline and art.

Today, Google offers "as doodle" (go to google.com front page) an automatic, machine-learned chorale harmonizer -- you specify two measures of quarters and eighths (eighths by moving the mouse to the center of a beat), and it provides four-voice harmony which it claims to be in the "style of Bach".  This is hardly the first attempt at machine-learned composition, or chorales in specific - the names Kemal Ebcioglu and David Cope come immediately to mind for me, and I have seen many others more recent (Search in Google for "automatic chorale composition"). 

I think that this display will help many people be more aware of what machine-learning can accomplish, as well as its limits.  I have seen, in one output from this computer contrapuntist, parallel fifths and octaves, minor seventh chords neither prepared nor resolved, and wholly unexplained dissonances and even sixteenth-note leaps.  All of which are fine in jazz, but the claim is "Bach chorale style".  This particular machine-learned model has a long way to go.

But it also demonstrates that this subject can be learned, even if the machine is a poor student.  And, as with Google language-translation, it is a poor teacher for human learners, and denies us the insights, models, and techniques by which a human teacher, living or from the pages of a book, can perpetuate knowledge of the domain.  Explicit computer code and "rules" can be learned from, or benefit from learning, but statistically-trained models cannot help us learn any more than a bird can explain flight in its song!

Happy Birthday, Sebastian (as he was called)!

Upload takes hours to process

More than an hour ago I uploaded my score, six pages, four parts, really tiny and doesn't even have custom uploaded audio.  It is still processing as of now.

I recall that the scores usually take 1-2 minutes to process.  Is this the new norm?  Or is it because the server happens to be busy around this time?  Or anything that can significantly slow down the process?

Thank you.

Musescore.com Pro Gift Cards

I was just wondering the possibility of this ever happening. A year's worth of Pro membership for $50. My parents have discussed getting me one for Xmas before, but they couldn't figure out how to do it without signing their credit card away.

I would also use this instead of entering my own credit card info for security reasons (This is what I do with iTunes so that my credit card is not at all connected).

I also have considered holding contests on the site and a year of Pro would be the prize, but I certainly don't want to give a stranger my credit card information for them to sign up.

So I'm wondering the feasibility of gift cards. (Alternatively PayPal?)

Changing Noteheads

Hello all, 

I realize that there is a web page that does address changing note heads. Unfortunately for some reason MuseScore is not allowing me to change that at all. The part that I am trying to change it for is for a drum set part. I am using the latest version (as of 3-20-19) of MuseScore, 3.05.

Additionally I would like to be able to change some of the note heads permanently. Specifically have "side stick" be called "cross stick" and change the note head with one that has circle around the notehead. Then I would have the "rim shot" with the cross note head.