Overtone 0.9.0

Overtone 0.9.0

From the webpage:

Overtone is an Open Source toolkit for designing synthesizers and collaborating with music. It provides:

  • A Clojure API to the SuperCollider synthesis engine
  • A growing library of musical functions (scales, chords, rhythms, arpeggiators, etc.)
  • Metronome and timing system to support live-programming and sequencing
  • Plug and play MIDI device I/O
  • A full Open Sound Control (OSC) client and server implementation.
  • Pre-cache – a system for locally caching external assets such as .wav files
  • An API for querying and fetching sounds from http://freesound.org
  • A global concurrent event stream

When I saw the announcement for Overtone 0.9.0 I was reminded it was almost a year ago that I posted: Functional Composition [Overtone/Clojure].

Hard to say if Overtone will be of more interest to musicians who want to learn functional programming or functional programmers who want a deeper understanding of music or people for who the usual baseball, book publishing, web pages, etc., examples just don’t cut it. 😉

While looking for holiday music for Overtone, I did stumble across:

Music: a Mathematical Offering by Dave Benson.

At over 500 pages, this living text is also for sale in hard copy by Cambridge University Press. Do us all a favor and if the electronic version proves useful to you, ask your library to order a hard copy. And/or recommend it to others. That will encourage presses to continue to allow electronic versions of hard copy materials to circulate freely.

If you are interested in the mathematics that underlie music or need to know more for use in music retrieval, this is a good place to start.

I struck out on finding Christmas music written with Overtone.

I did find this video:

I would deeply appreciate a pointer to Christmas music with or for Overtone.


Update: @Overtone tweeted this link for Christmas music: …/overtone/examples/compositions/bells.clj.


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