Melody project: the great reprogramming – update 4

It’s week 2 of melody generator programming fun! Over the weekend, I was preparing to add more knowledge to my program’s melodic knowledge database, but then I thought: Wait a sec. If the knowledge in the knowledge database comes from patterns found in other melodies, why not create a knowledge database from the patterns found in that database? That way we’d only need a small database, and we can have the program create random melodic knowledge from it. Does that make sense? I have no idea if it will work or not, but I’ll give it a try, so that’s what I’ll be working on today: a melodic knowledge generator. I’ll try to have more musical examples by tonight or tomorrow night (or… later).

Thank you for reading update #4. I will keep the blog informed of any and all progress made on this revolutionary product.

In other news, I wrote some melodies over the weekend and started to hear a piece in my head, so I finally bought Garritan World Instruments, which I hope to use soon. I should be saving my money, but when you’re high on your own melodies playing through your mind, you sometimes just can’t help it. And Garritan products are at least priced awesomely for the amount of stuff you get.

Garritan World Instruments coming soon…

Today on the Garritan forum, Gary Garritan posted a link to the catalog of instruments that will be available in his upcoming World Instruments library: World Instruments List.

There are plenty of instruments to look forward to here. Irish whistles, bagpipes, panpipes, celtic harp, didgeridoo, the various Chinese, Japanese, and Indian woodwinds, ocarinas, bamboo flute, bone flute, fife, conch shell, temple bells, temple blocks, lava stones, Tibetan singing bowls, rain stick, plenty of percussion I’ve never even heard of before, koto, hurdy gurdy, mandolin, dulcimer, ukuleles, harmonium, steel drums, melodica, and plenty more. Definitely check out the list.

I have no idea what I’ll compose when I get my hands on this new set of sounds, but I’m really looking forward to it!