Sheet music has been used to represent a musical piece. One problem with sheet music is its difficulty in displaying a wide range of pitches on a single staff. Also, to some, it is unclear what the relationship is between two notes at a glance. Most importantly, sheet music has difficulty illustrating volume changes, and it does not allow for a continuum of pitches.
This research explored displaying notes on a spiral instead of a staff. The spiral uses spokes to represent common tones, and the notes in the music are represented as collections of cylinders along a time axis perpendicular to the spiral [Belifuss et al., 2003].
A three-dimensional musical display would be difficult to use effectively when read from a page. Computers, though, can represent such a structure usefully. Hence, we tried to develop a working piece of software based on the spiral display.