Symbolic Composer 5.1 3D For The Mac OSX

Tonality Systems/MRAC Publishing have announced Symbolic Composer 5.1 3D, for the Mac OSX. The upgrade implements powerful VRML2 Macros that let the composer fuse together music and architecture. VRML2 is the official language of the 3D Web known as Cyberspace, and the VRML2 definition is included in the MPEG4 Specification.

The VRML Macros provide full compatibility to both SCOM Function Library and the Lisp Language. The software includes complete VRML2 Documentation and A VRML Tutorial, that shows the composer how VRML Macros are used inside Lisp and how they connect to SCOM Functions. The VRML Macros open up exciting creative possibilities for the composer to
experiment with:

  • Visualize Compositional Parameters in 3D.
  • Desing 3D Spaces Based on Music.
  • Construct Virtual Architecture by Algorithms.
  • Compose Music Based on 3D Forms.

The VRML Macros produce standard 3-Dimensional .wrl files that can be viewed offline with Explorer, Safari and other browser using a VRML Plug-in such as Cortona VRML Client (available for free in, or the .wrl files can be placed in a web
page for online viewing.

Symbolic Composer 5.1 is the most powerful music molecular language available for computers. The software totals over 1000 music algorithms, suitable for modern, dance, classic, electronic, ambient and experimental styles,and covers 300 microtonal world-music/theoretical scales, standard scales and complete chord system from the past 500 years of music history.

Besides providing the composer a toolbox of traditional composition tools Symbolic Composer also enables the composer to explore advanced fractal and chaos mathematics to determine compositional elements. Include in the software is the standard Common Lisp interpreter, that lets the composer extend and customize compositional functionalities.

  • Generating compositions from model templates
  • “What-if” changes on any parameters
  • Evolutionary composition by mutation/variation/selection
  • Quick restructuring of material

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 keyboard performance.

Algorithmic music composition has several advantages over hand-playing, improvising, or recording the piece track by track with a sequencer. Algorithmic creating allows radical transformations and new versions of the score in seconds. Compilation to midifile is virtually instantaneous, and a score can be playing on the sequencer or scorewriting in seconds.

  • Generate fractal and chaos music with extensive set of functions.
  • Define any elements of composition including MIDI controllers with algorithms.
  • Model compositions with a comprehensive set of classic processors.
  • Explore scales, chords and tunings.
  • Apply music element libraries to efficient music regeneration.
  • Extend musical vocabulatory with integrated Lisp-programming.

More information is available at the Symbolic Composer site.

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