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Thread #122270   Message #2679855
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
14-Jul-09 - 08:28 AM
Thread Name: BBC Radio 4 features abc
Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 features abc
It has always been my understanding that Chris Walshaw invented abc about 20 years ago in order to take down tunes before he'd learned to read notation, then afterwards contrived a program/conjuring trick to enable abc conversion to standard notation and MIDIs via that nifty little onverter on cencertinanet. Don't think he ever intended it as a substitute for those who can't be arsed to learn notation, just as a temporary aide memoire that escalated into far-reaching digital implications.