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## S-COM adds MIDI playback & workshops in USA ##
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- Subject: ## S-COM adds MIDI playback & workshops in USA ##
- From: email@example.com (Peter Stone)
- Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 22:06:16 +0100
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Symbolic Composer NewsFlash (MCL application)
AMSTERDAM - Symbolic Composer Pro now outputs MIDI. It uses MIDI
Real-Time Multi-Task System developed by Grame Research Center
in Lyon, France. The resolution is 2000 ticks per whole note, and
MIDI playback runs on the backround while SCOM compiles new material.
MIDI playback is provided as extension module. After score compilation
a MIDI window pops up with play/pause/loop buttons. MidiShare brings
also MIDI input and realtime interactive capabilities to Symbolic
Composer. MidiShare is a development of 6 years and is superior to
MIDI Manager. It can run side by side with MIDI Manager and OMS
For more information on S-COM surf into Fractal Music pages in:
and select Symbolic Composer link.
Other recent additions include 300 alternate tunings collected by
Manuel Op de Coul from Netherlands. New tunings can be defined online
with frequency relations or cents, or using S-COM algorithm library.
n-TET octaves are generated by a specific function. Tunings work
transparently with any decent sound module.
S-COM also has adapted Performance Fields, originally developed
by Mazzola and Zahorka in University of Zuerich, Switzerland in
Rubato music workstation project for the Next computer. PFs are
one of the most powerful abstactions for handling interrelated
musical parameter spaces.
Besides these additions S-COM provides a complete object-oriented
composition language that allows the most detailed description of
music in micro and macrolevels. Section stuctures follow section
tree definitions with full inheritation of musical properties.
SCOM now also includes Motives & Methods based on developments
by Andre Ch. Schnoor, Hamburg, Germany.
Those interested in mathematics are likely to enjoy the link
between S-COM and Mathematica, currently under development by
Clinton R Lefort, Lousiana, USA. This interface allows to call
Mathematica's powerful mathematic functions within S-COM, and use
then to further extend the musical capabilities of S-COM.
Suggested configuration: System 7, minimum of 8 MB RAM expanded
to 13-16 MB virtual memory and 68030/40 Mac. PowerPC native version
will be available later this year.
S-COM workshops in USA are under preparation during April. If your
university would like to arrange a workshop contact Nigel Morgan
(York, UK) <email@example.com> for further details. Nigel
Morgan is the author of NM PowerPack, a collection of dynamic, rhythm
and variation extension for the S-COM Pro.
"After a whole year of hard work with S-COM I have reached a certain
practice which makes me to feel at ease with it. I must confess that
I am still surprised by the new possibilities which I discover everyday
and the extraordinary environment it offers to experiment with music"
Composer Miquel Gaspa-Bertran, Barcelona, Spain.