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Hyperscore pieces at the Lucerne Festival

Check out the wonderful compositions by young people in Lucerne, composed with Hyperscore. Many of the pieces were introduced to the public yesterday by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and have been incorporated into Tod Machover’s “A Symphony for Lucerne,” which receives its world premiere tomorrow, Saturday, September 5, at the KKL main hall. Tickets here.

Here is one of the compositions, “Stuttering Stammering Spluttering Susan,” by Leander Perrez from Musikschule Luzern in Lucerne. More pieces are posted on the project website. Scroll down here.

4 replies on “Hyperscore pieces at the Lucerne Festival”

Regrettably, my Hyperscore no longer works with windows 10 Pro 64 bit. I sent a query but have not received an answer. No audio is produced although Media Player and Midi Files pla y correctly. A lso my other programs such as E as y Music composer and all my CD/DVD players work just fine. There must be a problem with Hyperscore that makes it incompatible with Windows 10.    

Best regards, Bill Campbell

Hello Bill!

We hope you have stayed well since we last messaged in 2015! I am the new Director of Education for New Harmony Line which is Beta testing a web-based version of the user-friendly, graphic interface Hyperscore! You can read my blogs about our pilot progress on the website if you’d like to find out more. Thank you for your previous interest in Hyperscore and we hope to create many new features as we test and advance the software!

Sincerely–Cecilia Roudabush

If MIDI files actually play in other programs on his system, then Hyperscore should be able to play MIDI files, as well. The first thing to check is the Hyperscore preferences. In File > Preferences…, “MIDI Output Device” should be set to something like “Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth” or similar. This device should be set to the same one that is used by the programs that do work. There are some additional options on the Advanced tab of the Preferences window, but those probably aren’t necessary.

The problem may be that Windows is not providing a 32-bit synthesizer. I know this has worked in the past on Windows 10, but Windows 10 is actually several different versions. If that’s the case, then there is no MIDI Output Device available on the operating system, then a third party MIDI software synth can be used instead. The synth needs to be a 32-bit program to be compatible with Hyperscore, since Hyperscore is also 32-bit. Fluidsynth is such a free open-source synthesizer: . This is the solution we used for the Iowa City Schools, in fact. The synth just needs to be running when Hyperscore is opened and selected in the Hyperscore Preferences.

Older pieces (from versions 4.2 through 4.5) can be opened in the new Hyperscore for the web, but, in many cases, they won’t sound exactly the same. If you would like to try this with Hyperscore for the web, let us know and we’ll send you a link. (It’s in beta now so the link is not available to the general public.)

Hi Bill! My school was able to put in a work-around and continue to use Hyperscore once we went Windows 10. But, the good news in 2021 is that we are re-booting Hyperscore as a web-based platform. Check us out on, YouTube/Instagram/Facebook (Hyperscore) and #ProjectsWeLove on Kickstarter. We are Beta testing now but hope to be in production in 2022!

Cecilia Roudabush
Director of Education
New Harmony Line

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