Musical notation is any system which representsmusic through symbols.The standard notation for western music developedover several centuries supported by the CatholicChurch. It’s based on the ve lines sta and on a fullrange of symbols that identify notes, rhythms, tempo,dynamics. It reads in the same way as the prose of European languages (left-to-right, top-to-bottom)and it applies to any instrument.Nevertheless, also after the consolidation of standardnotation, there have been numerous proposals overtimes for new music notation systems, generallywhen, for poetic or technological reasons,the standard solution was felt as inadequate.In 1969 John Cage and Alison knowles edited
a book that holds graphical scores by 269composers, probably the most famous exampleof non-standard notations in the pre-digital culture.Now, with computers and Internet, new toolsare available for music and they are inuencingpractice and thought. Together with music, alsoits representation is answering with changesto technological innovation, and new waysof expression keep on coming out.Not always new notations are already a strongsystem that could replace the standard one,sometimes they just point the attention to otheraspects that can’t be easily described with usualmeans, sometimes they are designed for specicaims, instruments or applications, anyway the aimof this small investigation is not to nd out newstandards, is to check on what is happening, tryingto nd inspirations and thoughts to ruminate.