| 2014, AUG 19 ---
Tonality Systems today launch Symbolic Composer 7.1 for the
Mac. Symbolic Composer 7.1 adds Quick-Tool
buttons, which make it easy to use even for a
hipster-generation composer working in a cafe.
SCOM 7.1 also sports with guitar synth, guitar chords,
insert templates, auto-correction, and new functions
suitable for experimental and contemporary composers.
Generate sequences from SCOM 7.1's vast
algorithm libraries. Record finished score in Apple's
MainStage, or finalize it with your preferred
sequencer/notation software such as Logic or Sibelius.
What is Symbolic Composer?
Symbolic Composer 7.1 is a massive collection of computer
music and research algorithms packed in an efficient music
composition language and interactive development
Besides providing the composer a toolbox of
traditional composition tools Symbolic Composer also enables
the composer to explore advanced fractal and chaos
mathematics to determine compositional elements.
Symbolic Composer's rich molecular music language enables
the composer to extend musical capabilities and helps to
realize the maximum power of existing studio investments
spent on synthesizers and sequencers.
SCOM 7.1 provides extensive
realtime algorithmic music programming
environment for the composer working on
contemporary, electro-acoustic and
experimental styles. And it does Classic,
even Hiphop, too. It's up to your freedom
how you write your score in SCOM's rich
Compile full CD-quality audio right from SCOM, using
your softsynths and knowledge on mixing. Display
instant notation, too.
SCOM 7.1 works together
with Logic, Sibelius, Finale, Encore, Digital
Performer, Reason, Reactor, Rondo and QuickTime.
Here playing SCOM 7.1 through MainStage 3 in OS
integrated MIDI playback with a click, press forward,
rewind, stop/continue, and turn on loop mode to keep
draft playing while editing the score. Combat
ear-fatigue and quickly switch to GM sounds, and back to
final sounds when ready.
7.1 includes now tempos & signature
correction, which improves score
readability. It also corrects wrong
data, and keeps sections in sync.
down mouse to
These let you quickly turn
set loop mode, change playback app,
jump to tags, find score in Finder,
browse index, access Lisp, prettify
scores, and insert templates.
Notice the "Label", "Score" and "Custom" buttons on
the left. These let you insert titles and empty fill-me
score templates to start a new project - and you can define
your own custom templates, too. Simply select your insert
from the button menus.
Introducing Guitar Synth
peek in the new guitar synth. Def-riff allows to
transcript your guitar playing intuitively. Just
enter the frets that you are playing.
SCOM 7.1 analyzes tablature into tonalities, symbols,
rhythms and dynamics. Pretty cool! No
time-consuming notation stages in between.
If you know how to play guitar, this provides a neat way to
enter riffs and chords into SCOM, and arrange them to
full-blown composition. And tweak them algorithmically.
Arrange riffs in sequence and rehearse (edit order,
fingerings and listen). Use riffs in def-section, add some
additional instruments and the score is ready.
- Enter chords, arpeggios, solos, and let them drive your
composition parameters and synths.
- Use tablatures and picking patterns, or apply algorithms
to move virtual fingers around the fretboard.
- Use direct chord-names from score books, such as c#7b5#9m,
dm6add9. These lovely full-bodied chords match the way a
guitarist plays them. You can define your own fret-chords,
- Make slightly detuned guitar to add warmth. Emulate
special tunings used by famous guitarists and styles. Use
drop-d, open-e and other tunings, or make your own.
- Works with all fretted instruments suchs as guitar, bass,
mandolin, sitar up to 12 strings.
SCOM The Music Language
• Complete Chord, Scale
and Micro-Tonal libraries fully expandable by the user.
• Mathematical Generators & Processors provide
advanced fractals, chaos and number-theory functions.
• Symbolic Generators & Processors allow Recursion,
L-systems, Fibonacci, and other special solutions.
• Programmable Neurons supply added intelligence to your
• Programmable Phrase Library allows sequential drum and
chording pattern generation.
• Standard MIDI file output. This makes SCOM a perfect
partner no matter of the software and hardware you
are working with.
• Build-in 96 channel MIDI playback (MIDITrail). Plays
through GM MIDI or IAC to MainStage on final sounds. Press
button to record score in production quality audio.
• Build-in Notation (LilyPond), HyperHelp & Search.
• Music Language, that allows composing music of any
style and complexity.
• Historical & Contemporary Music functions supply
the classic compositional tools.
• Over 1000 Algorithms included, combine freely to each
other for exponential creative freedom.
"SCOM covers past
500 years of compositional traditions and
the tools for the future. SCOM's rich music
programming language supplies the composer
tools to program any music style and
complexity. When the idea hits you, just
draft your score and press Compile",
summarizes composer and music educator Nigel
Morgan from UK.
X 10.7-10.9.4, 4 GB RAM minimum, 8-32 GB
XP/7/8, 2 GB RAM minimum, 4-16 GB suggested
SCOM runs first on Demo Mode, which cancels most functions.
You can freely listen/notate/view score examples and browse
documents. Authorization restores full functionality.
“Symbolic Composer was one of the first systems
that I encountered that explored the art of
algorithmic composing interactively. The system
functions are selected from hierarchical menus
and pasted on the editor, so it’s a completely
different approach to musical compositions. It’s
like composing music from one’s DNA structure.”,
are widely used in musical composition, for
instance in the various transformation tools
of sequencers, and explicitly in the author‚s
prestor (see chapter 49) and in Opcode‚s MAX
or in music software with fractal composition
tools as realized by Mesias Maiguashca 
or by the ingenious Symbolic Composer
Author of Topos Of Music (If the direct
link has changed due publisher, search the
title at Springeronline
"I wish to thanks people that have contributed
in important way to the creation of this book:
All the developers of the wonderful
algorithmic composition software Symbolic
Composer, that I have used for the composition
of the exercises - and Douglas R. Hofstadter for
the beauty of his ideas on the perception, and
parallels to artificial intelligence", Claudio
Martini, Author Of I Pattern Automutanti