Table of Contents


1. Start Compose!

With Compose! you can make music out of fractals, but can also be numbers, tekst, images or whatever. By means of plugins the user you add yourown vectors (consult the technical manual on how to do this).

When you start Compose! you will see a Window that consists of four parts: the menu bar, the vector view, the composition view and the MIDI view. The vector view presents consists of two parts: a choice of vector (the very left) and the vector panel with selected vectors. By clicking on a vector a copy is made in the vector panel. If you click a vector in the vector panel and next in the clips panel a clip is created from the selected vector. Just press play and the clip is played. Created music is display in the MIDI view.

Some people like to have a clean simple view when editing their composition. By pressing F11 you can switch between normal and minimalistic view.

2. Make your first music

In this example you will learn how to create a vector, make a clip and play it. We will use the sinus as an example, because this illustrates nicely some aspects of computer generarted music.

3. Intermezzo: editing the clip

3.1 Moving a clip around

3.2 Quick editing a clip

When you move over the clip a panel with several buttons appears above the clip: the so called quick-buttons.

3.3 Editing a clip

You enter the edit mode by clicking on the edit button or right clicking in the clip. On the left are the clip type buttons: buttons with which you indicate which type of clip you want this clip to be. When clicking the instruments button, it shows a menu with all available instruments. Choose an instruments and the clip behaves like an instrument clip. The same will happen when you click the drum or controller button.

4. Changing the music

4.1 Changing durations

4.2 Changing volume

4.3 Changing the music scale

5. Creating chords

6. Creating controllers