Informatic System Department  University of Florence Press Release
Invitation for Demonstration of project MOODS: Music Object Oriented Distributed System,
22nd September,  at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy, at 16:00

 Project MOODS has produced as a result the first implementation of an integrated system of "Electronic" lecterns/stands for the management of scores in large orchestras, music schools and for publishers. MOODS is a project partially supported by European Commission in the ESPRIT IV. It is based on HPCN (High Performance Computer Networking) technologies and object oriented paradigm. Partners of MOODS consortium are: Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica of Università di Firenze (as coordinator), Teatro alla Scala, BMG Ricordi, Shylock Progetti, Elsel, and the School of Music of Fiesole.
 The demonstration of 22 September will be the absolutely first public presentation of MOODS.  It will consists in the demonstration of the main functionalities of the MOODS system of computerised lecterns for co-operative editing/manipulation of music scores and for their visualisation. MOODS will be used to execute pieces of Mozart, Verdi, and Vivaldi.
 The co-operative editing of music reduces the time needed to perform rehearsals, for concerts, operas, ballets, and is a way to avoid discontinuities, that in certain cases may need days to prepare the new versions of corrected parts. All interpretation and instrumental symbols (over the classical music notation symbols) can be added and visualised in real-time by musicians. This work can be saved for further reuse. In this way the specific execution can be re-proposed to musicians for execution or analysis. The work in schools of music can be facilitated, students may interact with the score in real-time by showing and receiving modifications of the Maestro as well as of other students. Music publishers could send to Theatres "electronic" versions of scores and parts to be used in real-time by orchestra lecterns or stored in the archive for their successive adoption. Publishers could, with MOODS, modify, in co-operative manner, scores and parts; thus, reducing the time needed for the production of revised version of scores. Main scores and parts can be joined and divided in real-time in order to build up in a few seconds the required structure for the orchestra.
 After the adjusting phase (e.g., during rehearsals), MOODS is capable of presenting the main score and parts on lecterns for the execution of the orchestra. In this phase, MOODS displays the timely pages of music to the Conductor and to Musicians automatically, avoiding the problems related with the manual page turning. The Conductor is shown the main score, while the musicians have on their lecterns only their specific part.
 For the above reasons, I hope that you accept the Invitation that I am presenting to you on behalf of  MOODS Partners.
Paolo Nesi
(Coordinator of project MOODS)