Suggestions for Tune Submissions
Jeremy has a fantastic site here and does a terrific job of keeping things running smoothly, especially with the new server!
I have a couple of suggestions regarding the tune database although I recognize this is Jeremy’s place and any changes would require effort from him.
The form for entering tunes is quite restrictive in terms of time signature and comments. For example, I have entered a march and schottische tunes here that need 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures. Rather than entering the time signature, this is done by choosing the style of tune, reel, polka etc. I fully understand Jeremy’s desire to keep things consistent and simple but I’m wondering if it would be misused too much if there was a set of buttons to choose the time signature directly. Alternatively, could we have an expanded selection of tune types to choose from (ie 2/4 march, 4/4 march, 2/4 bourree 3/4 bourree etc. It would also be nice to include, composer, transcription and other fields into the abc files.
A related question would be, what do people (Jeremy especially) think about the addition of non-traditional Irish style such as Celtic French style.
In a related thread (https://thesession.org/discussions/4213), the sometimes inconsistency between the abc text - which is editable, and the derived gif and midi files, was pointed out. While this is not the end of the world it is occasionally annoying. Two possibilities come from this
The first suggestion is to make sure that the abc file is correct from the time of first submission. This could be made easier by having a preview option button ala the tune-o-tron on concertina.net (http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html) Maybe even a direct link to that site if it is too difficult to implement here. If this is the desired approach then maybe the editing of abc files once submitted should be disallowed.
The second option would be the creation of gif and midi files on the fly. That way, only the abc files would be stored on the server, freeing up disk space. Freely available software (abc2ps, GhostScript, and abc2midi.) could then be linked in to do the generation of gif and midi files as required. This way, any editing of the abc files would be reflected immediately in the sheetmusic and midi files. I believe there may be many advantages of this approach, but then I’m not the one who has to do it!
This is intended as a point for discussion, so what do you guys think?