I would like to write down Shruti music but I wasn't able to find notation software for that. Do you know any?

edit: Live Playback would be a great feature.

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  • Is this going in the right direction? Seems to be a work in progress though. – Raskolnikov Jun 23 '11 at 17:41
  • Yes, that's a good hint! I will keep an eye on it. Hopefully, there will be some files to download soon. Why don't you post this as an answer, so that you can earn the reputation? – Turion Jun 25 '11 at 16:27

Here's a project to typeset Carnatic music based on LaTeX. Still in the development phase.


Check this out, it is interesting, http://vishwamohini.com/music/home.php . Useful for north Indian music notations & Tabla compositions. You can write, play & share notations & Tabla compositions. it is easy to use

  • This is quite cool, thanks. It's open source, but at least it's free. – Turion Sep 19 '16 at 13:20

Check out http://lilypond.org.

It has several options for microtonal music and is quite flexible and an extensive notation program.

  • That's not very helpful. Could you at least point out what libraries to use, what manual to read or what commands to use? – Turion Aug 12 '11 at 11:42
  • Want me to come to your house and enter the notes for you too? Did you even go to lilypond.org and read any of the documentation? Or maybe enter the words "microtonal" into the search engine they have in their site? – Basso Ridiculoso Aug 14 '11 at 7:27
  • No need to get offensive. I'm not so stupid not to have done that already when reading your answer. I indeed found something, but it was about quartertones. If you read my question again, you will also find out that my question was about shruti specifically, and not quartertones, so your answer does not help. – Turion Aug 25 '11 at 14:08

SwaraNotebook is a web based Hindustani music notation editor that is backed by the following open source libraries.

  • Sargam-spec is an open specification for notating a classical composition, and it support ornamental note forms such as meends and Kan swaras. Notations can be encoded in edn or JSON.

  • The Bhatkhande notation project in a display engine that uses the capabilities of HTML5 Canvas to display a composition encoded in Sargam-spec format. This is a single page app written in ClojureScript.

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