Speeding Up Your Music Composition Cycle

In Symbolic Composer MIDI data comes directly from the compilation of a program and not from interaction with multitrack-style recording and the limitations of your keyboard performance. Compilation to midifile is virtually instantaneous, and a score can be playing on your sequencer or scorewriting in seconds.

Make Radical Transformations Quickly

Instead of slowly putting a composition together part by part you can create a complete image quickly and securely, making radical transformations and new versions of your score in seconds.

It may help you to imagine the listener's brain as a mental oscilloscope which is percepting the sound, imprinting in the neural system the structure behind the sound. Now, what is composing and how Symbolic Composer will help in the process?

Control Every Detail In Full Algorithmic Depth

Dot   Tonality is an extended concept in the system. Probably all known scales, modes and chords are predefined, including many non-western and theoretical tuning systems. New tonalities can be described by interval series, notes or algorithms.

Dot   Beat/Space, descriptive of a mode of rhythmic organisation found in many non-western musics, but also in drum-computer programming, is a dynamic feature and a powerful visual metaphor for rhythm.

Dot   Timesheets extend this beat/space thinking to outlines of complete scores and include tonality descriptions and change points. You can create a large-scale score plan controlling any number of instruments, processors or mixer configurations.

Dot   Sequencing can be both linear and pattern-based, but can be infinitely more powerful and flexible. Loop control and processing is integral.

Now, focus on the center of the spirals below. As a composer you are the master of this universe. Shift your mental focus to your fingers, your sequencer or a notation program. How well do they perform in designing the message, the heart of the piece?

Express Your Creativity Through A Complete Music Language

Dot   Lengths and Zones, that is note durations and section durations, can be generated from maths and fractal functions. This way even a tiny rhythmic cell or 'hook' can spawn cogent and relevant rhythmic material, and whole musical structures.

Dot   Dynamics, either from MIDI velocity or continuous controller values, can originate from algorithmic sources and be mapped across the entire duration of an instrumental part. These natural dynamic contours can be wonderfully expressive particularly when converted to manipulate reverb depth, envelope shaping or modulation such as filter-sweeps.

Dot   Neural processing from the powerful Neural Expert can be used to add intelligent accents and other dynamic details.

Dot   Articulation, the position of a note's onset in relation to a beat plus the note's actual rather than virtual duration plus its attack dynamic, can be processed by fractal or mathematical intervention creating virtual instruments with user-definable characteristics.