Culture: Music
Scat Text   (+3, -2)  [vote for, against]
Use written syllables to suggest music.

Rhythm is indicated using long and short vowels and open and closed syllables as in classical scansion (iambs, cretics, etc.)

Pitch is the funky bit; the vowel sounds are used to suggest not pitch itself but an approximation to the first derivative of pitch. Front vowels, expecially un-rounded front vowels (e.g., 'ee'), suggest rising pitch. Back vowels, especially rounded back vowels (e.g., 'oo'), suggest falling pitch.

Consonants are then available for free semantic play, except that they sometimes affect the scansion by closing a syllable. You can hide actual meaning, or at least hints of it, among the consonants. Finding such meaning would be a bit like reading classical Hebrew where, I'm told, vowels are only marked as an afterthought.
-- pertinax, Feb 01 2007

Musical Language http://en.wikipedia...ki/Musical_language
[Ronx, Feb 01 2007]

Canntaireachd http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Canntaireachd
Prose notation, vowels indicate pitch, consonants indicate gracenotes [pocmloc, Jan 19 2010]

. wp bp . d bp . wp bm bm
-- m_Al_com, Feb 01 2007


I was thinking there would be vowels, [m_Al_com], just that they would do more of a musical job than a semantic job.
-- pertinax, Feb 01 2007


When i saw the title i thought it was about the *other* type of scat.................
-- webfishrune, Feb 01 2007


yeah, this isn't what I thought at all.

Not disappointed, though.
-- shapu, Feb 01 2007


can we pick another abbreviation besides 'bm?'
-- RayfordSteele, Feb 01 2007


#2?
-- bungston, Feb 02 2007


I think you'd need a lot of vowel control
-- bnip, Jan 18 2010


This would only work if urine the mood.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 19 2010


how would old mcdonald be annotated?
-- pashute, Aug 15 2020


Not sure: thinking about it ...
-- pertinax, Aug 17 2020


Schwa schwa schwa doo deh dah duh
Eeber aaber oh.

Since you ask.
-- pertinax, Sep 09 2020



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