Re: [linux-audio-user] Koan/Generative music for Linux

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Koan/Generative music for Linux
From: Gavin Stevens (
Date: Wed Nov 27 2002 - 02:23:49 EET

(De-lurk mode)

KeyKit is still going strong. Indeed it has been "software of the month"
during November at the CNFractal Music Forum at Yahoo Groups.

One other suggestion would be to try the Atari emulator XSteem. I
understand that the latest version of XSteem has MIDI support. Sadly, I
haven't had time to try it on my Linux box yet & have stuck with the
Windows version "Steem".

If you could get XSteem working, it would open up a whole universe of
generative apps that were originally written for Atari ST.
is the Steem site.

| Message: 6
| Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 06:56:27 -0800
| From: Paul Winkler <>
| To:
| Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Koan / Generative music for Linux
| Reply-To:
| On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 11:33:38PM +0100, Aidan Mark Humphreys wrote:
| > Are there any serious generative music programs for Linux?
| my first thought is to use not a program but a programming
| language. Four development tools that come to mind:
| 1) Pd. haven't used it much, yet, but it seems quite powerful.
| 2) KeyKit. A MIDI gui environment for algorithmic composition.
| scriptable IIRC. I played with it for a few minutes a long
| time ago, don't know its current status.
| 3) omde / pmask ( A set of python libraries
| for algorithmic composition. Very flexible since you have
| the full power of python at your disposal and can subclass
| anything in the omde / pmask libs. However, it currently
| only creates csound scores as output. (I want to change that.)
| 4) saol / sasl (
| as implemented in sfront (
| sort of a "new improved" csound; the sasl score language
| is fairly simple and doesn't have many features, but the
| saol orchestra language allows instruments to start and control
| other instruments, which can be very powerful. The most
| important addition vs. csound is the ability to easily define
| your own "opcodes" (instrument building blocks) which can
| be used just like the core opcodes that are defined by the
| language.
| And, which might be relevant for the generative music discussion,
| sfront can compile your saol / sasl files into C code which
| your favorite compiler can turn into an executable.
| So instead of distributing a recording of one particular
| run, you could distribute executable binaries to your listeners!
| --
| Paul Winkler
| "Welcome to Muppet Labs, where the future is made - today!"
| --__--__--

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