Phase one: research effectiveness of graphical notation at conveying rhythm in HS students. Hypothesis – MIDI grid is more effective than traditional notation in this specific area.
Phase two: HS novices devise alternate notation styles that depict time cycle/duration versus pitch. I take the best few examples and make living versions of them using a combination of Quartz Composer and either a DAW like Logic or a custom PD patch (whichever works better for demonstration of the concept).
Phase three: adapt the best visualization for an art installation type use. Maybe link up the PD patch to something that breathes like a Twitter feed, and use that to generate incoming notation data for the QC patch.
What do you think out there? Too broad/narrow? Hit me up on Twitter with your ideas.