[linux-audio-user] Searching for music composition tools

Malte Steiner steiner at block4.com
Wed Feb 23 18:35:14 EST 2005

I second the suggestion of csound. In its community there are some blind 
users and they might help you further. The basic work is done by feeding 
2 textscripts to the application, in your case the commandprompt 
version, which generates the outputsample/ recording. One script handles 
the instrument definitions (called orchestra) and the other is the 
score. The nonrealtime approach comes from its history, its precessors 
ran on machines whose userinterface was just a teletype. Meanwhile it 
can also run in realtime and accept also midiinput. The possibilities 
are huge, its an incredible modular synth patched by textural commands. 
The score notation is more precise then anything which records midi and 
clip your input to 7 bit, in the numerical range from 0 to 127.
The learning curve might be steep at the beginning but the output is 
really exact and worth it. Its used a lot in the academical 
computermusic world and is free / opensource.



Malte Steiner
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