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Nail-Biting Time

The clock is ticking and things are pretty tense here in the old control room.  The fate of the Republic hangs in the balance.  I refer, of course, not just to next week’s election which is only the most important one we’ve had in the past 250 years but to tonight’s showdown between number 3 West Virginia (yea) and number 5 Louisville (boo).  May rightousness (my team) prevail in both encounters.

With that in mind, it seems like a good day to talk about graphic scores.  What are they?  Who does them?  And, most importantly, why?  Start here with Roger Bourland’s post about George Crumb, which is accompanied by a score that looks like a seating plan of Giants Statium laid out for a Stones concert.


Comment from Evan Johnson
Time: November 2, 2006, 10:54 am

I do like Bourland’s advice about always having an interesting first page. I might have to steal that.

Comment from Daniel G.
Time: November 2, 2006, 12:09 pm

Oh Jerry, dear Jerry. Your team will not prevail tonight. Revenge is sweet and we have the home field advantage :) Go Cards!

Comment from jodru
Time: November 2, 2006, 12:19 pm

West Virginia all the way. But they can win all they want, the title’s still going to my team: OSU.

The grandaddy of all graphic scores is Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise, and well worth a closer look.

Comment from David Salvage
Time: November 2, 2006, 12:51 pm

Of course we all know the real showdown will be Ohio St. vs. Michigan.

GO BUCKS!!!!!!!

Comment from Ian Moss
Time: November 2, 2006, 4:20 pm

Unfortunately, I think this election is trumped in importance by both 2004 and 2000. Too bad more people didn’t realize it at the time.

Comment from Seth Gordon
Time: November 2, 2006, 6:45 pm

I think this election is trumped in importance by both 2004 and 2000

I dunno – this is America’s first chance (I think) to send a music major to the World’s Most Deliberative Body.

Granted, knowing a number of music majors, I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing…

Comment from Aaron
Time: November 2, 2006, 11:34 pm

If that music major is running against Conrad Burns, it sure as hell is a good thing. I’d vote for a half-dead squirrel over Burns, if I lived in Montana. I watched the debate on c-span a week or two ago. Rather appalling.

Though, after watching the HBO documentary, “Hacking Democracy,” I’m unsure if the election results will be the slightest bit legitimate. A very frightening, frightening situation.

Comment from Jerry Bowles
Time: November 3, 2006, 9:05 am

Louisville played a great game and deserved to win. Congrats, Daniel G.

Comment from Daniel G.
Time: November 3, 2006, 11:14 am

Jerry, WV played a great game. It was fun to watch!

p.s. any chance i could get a new login for the CF and start reviewing CDs?

Comment from Seth Gordon
Time: November 3, 2006, 11:25 am

Though, after watching the HBO documentary, “Hacking Democracy,” I’m unsure if the election results will be the slightest bit legitimate.

Well, we may all have our doubts (especially those of us who find Diebold machines at our polling places) – but as someone said, the only way you can be absolutely sure your vote doesn’t count is to not vote.