Composer is a cross-platform application that allows you
to compose songs in a professional environment.
With the help of Symbolic Composer, composers will be able
to write, edit and view their compositions before the MIDI
can be generated.
Moreover, Symbolic Composer is a toolbox for stretching
your musical creativity and was designed to give you total
freedom when trying to write music.
Furthermore, the Symbolic Composer app provides almost all
world-music tunings, and its libraries cover past 500
years of compositional traditions.
Many Faces Of Symbolic
Symbolic Composer is a context-free language that lets you
program any detail of your music. It's a thinking tool for
pre-compositional melody, harmony, rhyhtm and structural
arrangements. Make music from mathematics, astronomy, even
Symbolic Composer works side with side with Logic,
Ableton, Sibelius, Finale, Encore, Digital Performer,
Reason, Reactor, Rondo, QuickTime, Renoise and Reaper.
covers past 500 years of compositional
traditions and the tools for the future.
SCOM's rich music programming language
supplies the composer tools to program any
music style and complexity. SCOM is a
complete interactive musical encyclopedia.
When the idea hits you, just press Compile",
summarizes composer and music educator Nigel
Morgan from UK.
Sophisticated Music Programming Environment
Symbolic Composer also includes
integrated playback and notation capabilities.
AU synth plugins and bounce the score to Aiff in
pro-quality ready for publishing. Here showing playback
using Apple's MainStage and Arturia Synths.
Program in A Deeper Level
• Music Language, that allows composing music of any
style and complexity.
• Context-Free, which means Symbolic Composer allows
composing music of any style and complexity.
• Standard MIDI file output. Symbolic Composer is full
compatible with all MIDI-compatible music software.
• Build-in 96 channel MIDI playback. Plays through GM
MIDI or IAC for final sounds. Press button to record and
• Build-in Notation (LilyPond), HyperHelp & Search.
• Mathematical Generators & Processors provide
advanced fractals, chaos and number-theory functions.
• Symbolic Generators & Processors allow Recursion,
L-systems, Fibonacci, and other special solutions.
• Programmable Neurons supply added intelligence to your
• Programmable Phrase Library allows sequential drum and
chording pattern generation.
• Historical & Contemporary Music functions supply
the classic compositional tools.
• Over 1000 Algorithms included, chain and combine them
• Complete Chord, Scale and Micro-Tonal libraries fully
expandable by the user.
Including Guitar Synth (+ 1000 other algorithms)
Take a peek
in the new guitar synth. It allows to
transcript guitar riffs intuitively. Just
enter the frets that you play.
Symbolic Composer analyzes them into tonalities,
symbols, rhythms and dynamics. No
time-consuming notation stage in between.
Arrange it to full-blown composition. Even use
algorithms to move virtual fingers around the fretboard.
Use chord-names from notebooks, such as c#7b5#9m,
dm6add9, those lovely full-bodied chords match the way
they are played on a guitar.
Emulate special tunings used by famous guitarists,
and styles. Use drop-d, open-e and other tunings, or
define your own.
Guitar Synth suits in modeling fretted instruments such
as guitar, bass, mandolin and sitar up to 12 strings.
X 10.6-10.12, 4 GB RAM minimum, 8-16
XP/7/8/10, 2 GB RAM minimum, 4-16 GB
Symbolic Composer is a non-profit Artificial
Intelligence project, and needs your
contribution to cover maintenance costs caused
by OS changes, bug fixes and new function
additions. Upgrades are used to cover these
costs. You can also contribute by submitting
Lisp functions and scores made with SCOM. Keep
it green yourself and compose because you can.
“Symbolic Composer was one of the first systems
that I encountered that explored the art of
algorithmic composing interactively. The system
functions are selected from hierarchical menus
and pasted on the editor, so it’s a completely
different approach to musical compositions. It’s
like composing music from one’s DNA structure.”,
are widely used in musical composition, for
instance in the various transformation tools
of sequencers, and explicitly in the author‚s
prestor (see chapter 49) and in Opcode‚s MAX
or in music software with fractal composition
tools as realized by Mesias Maiguashca 
or by the ingenious Symbolic Composer
G., Author of Topos Of Music (If the
direct link has changed, search the title "The
Topos of Music" at Springeronline)
"I wish to thanks people that have contributed
in important way to the creation of this book:
All the developers of the wonderful
algorithmic composition software Symbolic
Composer, that I have used for the composition
of the exercises - and Douglas R. Hofstadter for
the beauty of his ideas on the perception, and
parallels to artificial intelligence", Claudio
Martini, Author Of I Pattern Automutanti.
(SCOM-Archelogy Notice: This was published in
the 90's. Google did not find book on sale
(2016), try direct search Claudio Martini