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