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System: FMusic

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With FMusic you can create music for your Website, Just for the Fun of it, Or create the next hit tune... FMusic uses both Fractal and Cellular Automata Methods to create and control the music generation, which can be saved in MIDI format.  Each FMusic Project can be saved in various parameter files  for later explorations. Multitudes of parameters are at the composer's fingertips, basic instrument parameters such as pitch, pan, patch, octave, volume and key.  Settings control the type of algorythm used for an instrument, define note patterns, calculate the fractal, and control the Cellular Automata engiine.  Entire sections can be created and linked together recursively to build quite complex compositions. You will be amazed at what you can create when FMusic unleashes your creativity! FMusic 1.9 has many features to create and control the music-making process.  You can have up to 5 instruments defined simultaneously, any instrument parameter can be defined for any of the 8 possible "states", creating much variety in the composition. All standard instrument MIDI parameters are supported, as well as settings to determine note-type, note patterns, CA array state changes, and fractal parameters. Drum Machine - up to 5 individually-selectable drum instruments to be used in up to 8 "systems" Bass Machine - same features as Drum Machine for defining Bass "systems" Parameter settings can be stored in 4 different parameter files: 1.)  Fractal Notes  2.) CA Parameters 3.) Event Parameters 4.) Drum / Bass Machines Three Independant "Sections" can be created and recursively linked together.

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“Composers are now able, as never before, to satisfy the dictates of that inner ear of the imagination. They are also lucky so far in not being hampered by esthetic codification -- at least not yet! But I am afraid it will not be long before some musical mortician begins embalming electronic music in rules.”

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“Music is then no longer primarily conceived as a guide for premeditated emotions, but as the density of the possible relationships which first become actuality during production under the influence of chance, and which during performance are presented to the listener as sounds beyond any environmental associatiations, independent of bodily actions required to produce sounds...”

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“The use of computers is the logical outcome of a historical development. It by no means heralds a new musical epoch; it simply offers a fast, reliable and versatile means of solving problems that already demanded solution. The person who writes the computer programme must bear the development of musical language up to the present in mind, and try to advance a stage further.”

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“The computing machine is a marvelous invention and seems almost superhuman. But in reality it is as limited as the mind of the individual who feeds it material. Like the computer, the machines we use for making music can only give back what we put into them.”

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“The characteristics of every sound depend on the way in which the sound was produced. Each art-form exploits its special production methods in order to endow the phenomena with unmistakable characteristics. Artistic economy demands that the means be appropriate to the end, and that the exploitation of the means be an end in itself.”

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“... the use of numerical machines no longer stands in need of justification. It is not a mystery. If there is a mystery, it is in the mental structures of music and not in the computers, which are only tools, extensions of the hand and the slide rule.”

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“... and the hope of an extraordinary aesthetic success based on extraordinary technology is a cruel deceit.”

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“... but beware, technique can submerge the user: We must defend ourselves; it is good to use techniques, but we have to dominate them, to stay alert.”

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“... the individual and the society are deprived of the formidable power of free imagination that musical composition offers them. We are able to tear down this iron curtain, thanks to the technology of computers...”

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“The danger is great of letting oneself be trapped by the tools and of becoming stuck in the sands of technology that has come like an intruder into the relatively calm waters of the thought in instrumental music.”

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“With the development of electronic and computer music, multidemnsionality of sound representation turned out to be both natural and useful. But music goes beyond multidimensionality -- it is even more complex.”

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