In an interview with Robert Shuffett (Peters Corp.1986)* Crumb answers two particular questions about his notation:
RS: Your calligraphy and careful notation have occasioned much commentary over the years. Would you comment on notation in general?
GC: I endeavour to make my own notation as simple and conventional as possible, since I want to communicate clearly and economically all the necessary information to the performer. If a score is a “book of seven seals,” then the composer is working against his own best interests. Of course notation can also be imaginative and provocative – I feel that all good music looks beautiful on the page.
RS: One visually striking aspect of your scores would be your “symbolic notations” – those representations of spirals, circular shapes, and so forth.
GC: Every composer should be permitted an occasional flight of whimsy!”
A humorous and enlightening attitude inspires me to do something similar in my development. Testing out the distortion of your typical sheet music would be something I’m interested in, I also believe if each part was distorted according to the mood the outcome would show the songs expression as well as the original data.