The dfscore system is a realtime dynamic score system built to function over a local network to display a variety of musical material. The primary motivations for building the system were to allow for a middle ground between composition and improvisation, and to be able to dynamically restructure and reorchestrate material on any given instrumentation.
The dfscore system enables groups of any size to collectively improvise without a human conductor while still retaining moments of synchronicity. Each performer’s device, connected to a central router or wifi network, displays information that is only relevant to them: melodic or rhythmic fragments, accompanying tempo and count in, role to assume, etc…
The hardware that runs the system also changed with this update. dfscore now runs on a Raspberry Pi (running Linux) meaning no individual computer needs to run as the server for the system. This headless system also works as a Wi-Fi hotspot so performers can simply power up the Raspberry Pi and join the dfscore server/network with their phones, without a laptop involved at all.
Here are some performances using dfscore 2.0:
You can read a blog post detailing the development process of the dfscore system along with commentaries from composers who have written pieces for the system by clicking here.
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