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  • Blog Post: Scales

    So I’ve talked about classes representing the ideas of note and interval . This post I’ll cover Voices.ScaleClass , Voices.Scale and Voices.KeySignature . A scale is an interesting interplay between notes and intervals within an octave. As an example, the notes C D E F G A B constitute the C major scale...
  • Blog Post: Starting over with Voices.Interval

    In the previous post in the Voices category I showed my re-imagined Voices.Note class and its close relatives. You can already see that the new design has a useful separation of tone from note . I had also mixed solfeggio and scale into my initial, abandoned, design. I’ll come to scale in the future...
  • Blog Post: Appendix A – Definitions

    Appendix A – Definitions Accidentals Accidentals are the sharp/flat/natural ( ♯ / ♭ / ♮ ) symbols in a note’s name. A note with either no accidentals or with a natural symbol in its name is natural . Each sharp or flat symbol in a note’s name indicates that the note has been sharpened or flattened respectively...
  • Blog Post: Starting over with Voices.Note

    So this year I threw away my code and started again. I believe that the two fundamentals of music are note and interval and that all else (scale, chord, etc) is build from them. Rhythm (i.e. time) is an orthogonal dimension and I’ll save that for much later. This post I’ll talk about my Note class. So...
  • Blog Post: My first (false) start at the Voices project

    So, the middle of last November I started doing some thinking and designing and putting some C# classes together in a library. It was a bit of a false start as I’ll explain, so this year I started the project afresh with the benefit of what I’d learned. I’ll get to the starting-over in later posts but...
  • Blog Post: Faking is not good enough

    Despite having studied some fairly highbrow harmony textbooks, it was actually the Beatles book (listed in the previous post) that prompted me to start distilling what I was learning into software. I’m sure I saw a quote once which said that a program is the clearest expression of an idea. A program...
  • Blog Post: Music Training. Part I. Fundamentals (i)

    Voices - your songwriting studio Welcome to Voices! Before you learn how to use the software to write great songs you’ll need to know, at a minimum, some music theory and sight-reading essentials. I believe you’ll also need to understand the principles which have made your favorite Western art music...
  • Blog Post: What is Voices?

    Voices is the name of a personal software project I’m developing. When it’s done it will tutor, train and test anyone who wants to know more about music theory. I was going to say ‘music students’ but I think music is one of those disciplines (like IT) in which you never stop learning. As importantly...
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