Bleeper Music Maker (revision 127)

Posted on 2008-03-14 at 03:32 in Music, Programs by Robbi-985.

EDIT: There is a known bug in this version. The program will crash when you try to play music consisting of a single note, with certain combinations of settings for whether it should play Note 1 or Note 2, and to do with clicking the note in the music list. >_o Whatever, I’m not 100% sure why it happened, but this did not happen before revision 127, and I’ve already fixed it for revision 128.

New in this version is the introduction of a Time Signature slide-bar (this represents the number of beats, i.e. quarter-notes, in a bar). It can be found up in the top-right of the program, near the BPM (tempo) setting. The reason for me adding a Time Signature setting, is that I’ve also added 3 little green displays to show you what the current position in the music is, which can be found in the bottom-right. Also included is a very short music file to show off the Time Signature setting at 7-beat.

(Click for full-size – you can also see it on the program download page. Yes, I’ve finally updated that image! >_<)

The top display is the count of what measure the current position is at (by ‘current position’, I mean the currently-selected note, or the current position during playback). The middle display is the number of notes within this measure which the current position is at. The bottom display is a more ‘traditional’ way to represent the middle display – instead of just showing a decimal number, it shows the position in the current bar, in counts of whole notes and either quarter-notes, eighths or sixteenths.

Files made with an older version of this program will have their Time Signature setting show up as 4 by default. If you change this and save the file with this new version, then this Time Signature setting is saved. If you open a file saved with this new version of the program and then open it in an older version of the program, the file will still play fine in the older version. However, if you listen to the metronome on the older version, it will still be 4-beat, no matter what the newer version of the program saved it as. More worryingly though, if you SAVE this file with the older version, then the Time Signature setting will be lost. In other words, older versions of the program completely discard the Time Signature setting and it will revert to the default when opened in this new version of the program.

Here’s the usual program download place (finally with an updated picture).

NOTE: I haven’t updated ‘info.txt’ with information about these displays, yet. I’m going to do that now and update this post when I’m done. ;) It’s done. =)


2 Responses to Bleeper Music Maker (revision 127)

  1. Chizley says:

    Hey man, I just wanted to say I’m a huge fan of your work, you blended my two favorite subjects (Music + Programming). I can tell you’ve studied both of them a whole lot, I’m studying music in theory, and have been playing guitar for about 4 years. Also I’m an occasional programmer. This is idea is genius.

    I also posted on your you tube page a while back for the directory for this file, and forgot to check back, but now I got this new version, it is bloody sweet. Your an awesome composer as well!

    -Chizley

  2. torii says:

    I came from NicoNico.
    http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2491642

    とても素晴らしいと思います。
    外国人オタクの情熱のような物を感じました。

    #同人ゲームでありながら外国の人々にも知られている東方Projectはすごいなぁ

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