Version 1.0 of
, the Amsterdam Music Composer, was released by author
Wouter Boeke in time for the 2005
Linux Audio Conference
Amuc is described as:
"a Linux application for composing and playing music".
manual and screen shots page explains more about Amuc's capabilities:
Amuc is quite different from other music software. It is especially focused on composing music, which is a very difficult but rewarding endeavor. The tool tries to place as little hurdles as possible on the user's road.
The entering of new tunes is done on a normal 5-bar staff (treble or bass clef) in one of the 2 panels at the left. There are 2 kinds of instruments: sampled instruments for percussive sounds, and sounds that are generated real-time. Fore each kind there is choice between 6 instruments, indicated by a color. The sound of a real-time instrument can be modified via its own control panel, that will appear when the appropriate color is selected.
Amuc uses graphical score entry windows for entry of a series of musical
notes. Note pitches are displayed by vertical position on the score
and time duration is displayed as line length.
Synthesized waveforms include
FM synthesis, variable frequency sine waves, random waveforms, pulse
waveforms with chorus capabilities, and additive synthesis.
The scores form the basic compositional building blocks, there are
capabilities for doing various editing processes to the notes grouped
in a score. The scores can be combined to form the big score
that represents the entire musical composition.
Scripting capabilities add a high-level control structure over the scores,
they can be used to manipulate a variety of score parameters such as
pitch, amplitude, and synthesis parameters.
Once a composition has been assembled, it is possible to play it in
real-time, or save it as a wave (.wav) or MIDI (.mid) file.
itself is saved as a score file (.sco) and a script file (.scr).
The tune can be modified as it is played by adjusting various parameters
including tempo, volume, and a multitude of synthesizer parameters.
For an idea of how the software functions, see the example screen shot
while listening to the matching dance.mp3
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