Generative Drum Notation

Carson Schafer


Alumnx – School of Music Jazz Drums

I’ve been fortunate enough to find remote work throughout the pandemic as a professional drum transcriber for an educational platform. While I’ve gotten efficient at transcribing, anyone will tell you that creating drum notation is time consuming. So I began wondering if there was a realistic way to combine drums with code to automate the process –even to turn a drum performance into a creative work of generative visual art that draws listeners (and viewers) in. Throughout the pandemic I’ve been workshopping various ways that this could happen, and I wanted to showcase a few of them at this year’s Expo.

So have a sit behind my kit, play a fat groove and see it notated before your eyes. The sketches range between relatively standard notation and abstract shapes. Which method is your favorite? Do you have any ideas on what to create next? I’d love to know!


2:00 pm - 2:00 pm Welcome

CalArts Expo venues open

Doors Open

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Outside Main Entrance

Food Trucks available outside the main entrance

Grab some food!

7:30 pm - 7:30 pm Main Entrance Walkway

Reception on the Main Entrance Walkway

Reception on the Main Entrance Walkway

10:00 pm - 10:00 pm Exhibition Venues

Exhibition Venues close

Exhibition Venues close

1:30 am All

Performances end

Performances end

  • Date : May 5, 2022 - May 5, 2022
  • Time : 02:00 pm - 10:00 pm (UTC)
  • Venue : Roy O. Disney Concert Hall