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System: JFugue

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JFugue is a Java API for music programming. It makes music programming incredible easy, and it's great for applications in which music is generated at run-time: algorithmic or evolutionary music, music editors, jazz improvisers, and more! Main Features Music is easy to program, or to generate, with Music Strings Patterns allow musical segments to be added and recombined Pattern Transformers permit dynamically changing a pattern of music Music can be played at runtime, or saved in MIDI files Lets you play with music without having to know the guts of MIDI To program music, you use music strings to specify the music you want to play. To play a C note, you basically say play("C");. You can use JFugue's Music Strings to specify additional effects - instrument changes, multiple voices, tempo, and MIDI controller events. You never have to deal with low-level MIDI messages to use JFugue. You can also create patterns of music that can be manipulated, recombined, and transformed, allowing you to play and experiment with musical statements in new and interesting ways. JFugue is User-Supported Software. If you enjoy using JFugue, please make a donation. Your donation will encourage the author to continue producing high-quality software for people like you. JFugue is Open Source, so if you ever need to tweak something, jump right in!

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

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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 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 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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“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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“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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“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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“... 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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“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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“... 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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“... 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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