Learn by Composing
with Stéphane Boussuge
Opusmodus offers lessons to students and professionals interested in composing music with Opusmodus. We provide lessons for beginners and advanced users with or without programming knowledge, online (Skype and Zoom) or on site. The lessons are created to give you a greater understanding of the Opusmodus design and introduce you to the main features focusing on different composing approaches.
I. The Workspace
The first tutorial explains how to make the Opusmodus workspace support your work flow.
- The Navigator: Adding, Removing and Searching Files
- The Composer: EditorThe Listener
- The Assistant: Documents, Midi, Notation
- The Utilities Library: System Functions, Documentations
- Search: Documents and Scores
II. OMN The Language - Four Elements - Writing Like On Paper
This tutorial explains in depth the Opusmodus Notation (OMN) form and grammar.
- Velocity (Dynamic)
- Articulation (Attributes)
- Repeat Symbol
- Compound Length
- Extended Length
- Extended Periodic Length
- Tie Symbol
- Audition Snippet
- Notation Snippet
III. All you need to know about Lisp to start working with Opusmodus
This short lesson explains the basics of the four Lisp forms and functions to get you started without knowledge of Lisp or coding.
- Setting variable with SETF
- What is an Expression
IV. Opusmodus Functions
In this tutorial we learn how to generate, process and manipulate material with classic variant functions.
- Families of functions
- What are the Keywords and Optionals
- Generating Pitches
- Generating Lengths
- Generating Dynamics
- Generating Articulations
- Assembling with MAKE-OMN Function
- Single Parameter Processing
- OMN Form Processing
V. Define a Score
This tutorial explains how to create a finished score with instrument layout. A short piano study is the outcome of the lesson.
- Header & Defaults
- Score Layout
- Instrument Definition
- Using Piano Score Template
- Generating and Processing Material
- Repeating Motive
- Tonality Mapping
- Assembling Final Score
- MIDI and Notation Display
- Exporting MusicXML to External Application
VI. Contemporary Orchestral & Chamber Music (Chromatic)
In this tutorial we study a number of Orchestral & Chamber music score script structures with a step by step analysis.
- Vector For Solo Flute
- Duo - Flute, Piano
- Trio - Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon
- Orchestral Section
- Spectral composition for Woodwinds
VII. Media Music (Tonal/Modal)
In this tutorial we study a number of Media music score script structures with a step by step analysis.
- Soft Piano Generator (Library)
- Action Movie Cue 3. String Quartet
VIII. Electro-acoustic Music
In this tutorial we study a number of Electro-acoustic music score script structures with a step by step analysis.
- Live Coding Experience
IX. Electronic Dance Music
In this tutorial we study a number of Electronic Dance Music score script structures with a step by step analysis.
- Ambient & Atmospheric
X. Media Music Production Tutorial
This tutorial demonstrates how to setup Opusmodus with Logic Pro X to work in tandem with an example of how to create 'Generating Toolbox' for your DAW.
- Logic Pro X Configuration for use with Opusmodus
- Scoring parts In Logic and Importing into Opusmodus
- Processing The Imported Material
- Import of Opusmodus Score To Logic
- An Euclidean Percussion Generator
- A Strings Ostinato Generator
How to Plan Your Lessons
Any of the tutorial modules above can be part of a lesson. For example a student can build their own lessons plan: V-1, 2, 3 and VIII-1 etc... each of the lessons (1, 2, 3) are bound to a specific time, for example VII-3 lesson will take ca. 30 min . Of course you can ask for a specific lesson on a specific topic, for example: How to score a string quartet using Magic Square derived harmony and Magic Square derived rhythms. I want to explore the pitch remapping possibility of Opusmodus. How to structure a big orchestral piece, using sections or multiple scores.