Software

This page contains links to the software related to the book.

Audacity    For creating spectrograms we used the free audio editing program, Audacity.  To download Audacity click here.

MuseScore  For creating musical scores,  we used the free scoring program, MuseScore. You can download MuseScore by clicking here.   In Chapter 8, we mentioned the use of soundfonts in MIDI.  MuseScore uses soundfonts for its playback.  It comes with a small-size, general purpose, soundfont.  More elaborate free soundfonts, with better playback, can be obtained from the links given at the MuseScore website: click here.   One you have placed an uncompressed soundfont on your computer, then you can tell MuseScore to play music with it (following the instructions in our book, or in MuseScore help).

 

Additional Software

The following software was also mentioned in the book.

Musical Matrix Calculator   This program computes musical matrices, as discussed in Chapter 6.  You can access it by clicking here.

DVDVideoSoft   This program allows the user to read and save audio files from CDs, among many other features.  It is helpful to use with Audacity, since Audacity cannot load music files from CDs.  You can download DVDVideoSoft by clicking here.

Metasynth  This program allows a MacIntosh user to perform audio synthesis.  It was mentioned several times in Chapter 8.  It can be downloaded from here. 

PhotoSounder  This is another audio synthesis program, also mentioned in Chapter 8.  It can be downloaded from here.

Music Animation Machine  This Windows program has a number of methods for visual display of MIDI files as they play.  We mentioned it in Chapters 7 and 8.  It can be downloaded from here.  For a brief tutorial on how to use this free software, go to here.  

Chord Geometries  This program was not specifically referenced in our book.  However, it provides a number of fascinating geometric methods for displaying chords and chord progressions.  Its simplest method uses the Chromatic Clock, but it also provides a number of more powerful methods.  It can be downloaded from here (this link is part of Prof. Tymoczko's website which has lots of other excellent material).