preliminary proposal: New Unicode characters for Arabic music half-flat and half-sharp
johnnyfarraj at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 29 12:53:59 CDT 2015
Thanks for the swift response, and your interest.
Your collaboration is greatly appreciated.
Do you have any experience in submitting new Unicode character proposals? And/or with creating the reference copy of a symbol in the format required?
I'm happy to do the bulk of the work for the submission as long as someone guides me.
> On Mar 29, 2015, at 1:34 PM, sami shumays <abushumays at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Wow thanks for the swift response, Michael! Johnny and I thought we were going to have to do some more aggressive lobbying to get this through, but we're delighted that there is already some interest!
> Here's another reference, my latest article in Music Theory Spectrum on maqam:
> Where you can see pretty standard usage of these symbols, identical to what Johnny sent you. I know MTS has an interest in publishing more on Arabic music because they reached out to me to do a few peer reviews over the last few years. I was planning on reaching out to them to solicit support for Johnny's proposal, but if you're willing to go ahead without it then I won't bother.
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Michael Everson
> Date:03/29/2015 12:49 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: unicode at unicode.org
> Cc: Sami Shumays , Johnny Farraj
> Subject: Re: preliminary proposal: New Unicode characters for Arabic music half-flat and half-sharp
> I’m interested in working with you and Sami on this.
> These two characters are often referred to as quarter sharp and quarter flat as well. The symbols are also widely used outside Arabic music. The western classical tradition from the 20th century on is full of them. They're not obscure symbols really. Musicians with even a moderate interest in contemporary music are aware of them.
> I’m travelling in Sweden working on Blissymbols at the moment, but when I get back home on Friday and can consult some of my reference works I’ll get in touch with you. It shouldn’t take long to put something together.
> Michael Everson
> On 29 Mar 2015, at 05:21, Johnny Farraj <johnnyfarraj at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Dear unicode list members,
> > I wish to get feedback about a new character submission proposal.
> > Currently the Miscellaneous Symbols table (2600-26FF) includes the following characters:
> > 266D ♭ MUSIC FLAT SIGN
> > 266F ♯ MUSIC SHARP SIGN
> > while the Musical Symbols table (1D100 - 1D1FF) includes the following characters:
> > 1D12A MUSICAL SYMBOL DOUBLE SHARP
> > 1D12B MUSICAL SYMBOL DOUBLE FLAT
> > 1D12C MUSICAL SYMBOL FLAT UP
> > 1D12D MUSICAL SYMBOL FLAT DOWN
> > 1D130 MUSICAL SYMBOL SHARP UP
> > 1D131 MUSICAL SYMBOL SHARP DOWN
> > 1D132 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE SHARP
> > 1D133 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE FLAT
> > I am proposing the addition of 2 new characters to the Musical Symbols table:
> > - the half-flat sign (lower note by a quarter tone)
> > - the half-sharp sign (raise note by a quarter tone)
> > <half-flat sign.png>
> > <half-sharp sign.png>
> > These are widely used in Arabic music notation, and they express intervals that are multiples of quarter tones.
> > I am the primary sponsor of this proposal. As far as my credentials, I am the owner of http://maqamworld.com, the most widely used online resource on Arabic music theory, in English.
> > I can also enlist the support of many academics in the ethnomusicology field, who specialize in Arabic music.
> > I welcome any feedback on this proposal.
> > thanks
> > Johnny Farraj
> > johnnyfarraj at yahoo.com
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