Fonts

Is that Finale or Sibelius?

I get this question alot. You see, when it comes to score preparation, music notation and typography, and overall score publication aesthetics, I'm incredibly anal...er, I mean, particular.  I've had an obsession with graphic design ever since I can remember.  I loved album art for its use of space more than its message (not to say I didn't like message) and I especially liked really clean lines and what I'd later learn were minimalist design tendencies.  I've spent a lot of time studying publications of different vintage and have, over the past 9+ years, crafted a custom music type family that has touches of everything I love to see in the lines, curves, and markings in a score.

Named after the first score to use it, Pastiche is a music type family that exemplifies contemporary music through a blend of hand-drawn and traditional engraved influences.  Pastiche takes its cues from American hand-drawn notational practice from the late 60s to the late 70s as seen in scores by Helicon Press and also from early twentieth century publications by Universal Edition.  The first glyph to be composed was the trademark straight flag (I think they look like talons).  The idea was to create flags that had much more weight on the page and, along with line and curve adjustments,  produced a score with greater contrast (hence improving readability).  After the flags, new clefs, dynamics, accidentals and eventually ancillary markings and symbols were introduced.  The font is quite warm and inviting in that I've worked in many 'imperfections' (inequalities in angles, corners, roundness, and a preference of visual symmetry over perfect symmetry when applicable).  While music does exist sounded out in time, its record exists as symbols on a page arranged in a unique way by its creator. The symbols have agreed upon and established relationships beyond their general appearance.  But, that isn't to say their general appearance doesn't matter.  For in trying to communicate with a performer, everything matters.  Visual space and its use must be inviting and pleasant in order to draw someone into creating temporal space in the form of a musical performance.  For this reason, I always strive to create scores that have reflected uniqueness in visual and aural style.

Design by Kate Lee with a smidgen of Hdez thrown in for good measure.