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  1. I have converted many of my scores made in Notion to music xml in order to display them in the Assistant..which is very nice indeed.


    I'm wondering if I can convert those xml scores to an Opusmodus score direct or do I have to re-import them as midi? I see I can go the other way..xml to Notion, but cannot find how to go this way or if it's possible.



  2. An unusual request:

    I am using Opusmodus for my next project 'The Last', a dance piece, the subject of which is... death.

    Can anyone point me to some functions that might, with a little creative license, play with the idea of death in terms of, for example, entropy or decay? Or truncation. 

    I'm throwing the ball in the air here so all ideas are welcome!





  3. So I didn't really know what an IDE was..it's an Integrated Development Environment..is that right?

    Well anyhow I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for Opusmodus' idea of an integrated workspace...being able to have pdf books available full screen with a shortcut is amazing...and pictures and audio etc. I am a big fan of Wooden Books for instance and bam..there they are in my composing space for reference. 

    I'm kind of thinking this is how all "composing" software should be..but mostly now it seems to me to be about a graphical interface that is irrelevant alongside a multitrack recorder paradigm.


    Anyhow happy to be on this journey (())


  4. Hi Andre


    Thanks for this considered answer..it helps.

    Of course you are right and yet I just wish code was more human friendly and less computer friendly!  High level is not high enough for me 🙂

    There seems to be a gap between a DAW, which is based on the paradigm of a multitrack recorder, and Opusmodus, common music, open music, pwgl, patchwork etc that are based on the language of the computer.

    And I was hoping Opusmodus might fill that gap and it almost does...but (((((((  ))))))))) drives me nuts! But that's coding.

    I too love the 'direct connection to the score'  as you say.

    I will persevere. I have had great fun with Live Coding in the past so this can't be so difficult.





  5. Thanks both.


    I have done some basic lisp tutorials but I have to ask the question:


    "Is Opusmodus meant for computer programmers who are also composers?

           or composers who are also computer programmers?

                      or composers with some slight knowledge of code?"

                         or academics?



    I have to say I am in the "composers with slight knowledge of code" category and right now the demo is expiring and I've barely got to grips (see above) and 300 euros seems like a lot of money when I'm not able to be sure...I've spent most of my time doing Lisp tutorials and not making music. I spent £30 on a book "Parametric Composition" which is great, but I'm not sure whether to follow the examples in that..or the Tutorials in Opusmodus or the Language Lessons or Lisp tutorials or...


    30 days is not long enough in my opinion to demo this software. And there is no option to extend the demo which is a huge oversight in my opinion.


    Sorry to rant slightly but I'm giving you my heartfelt feedback as I really want Opusmodus to work for me...





    I'm starting to loose the will to progress.

    So I just spent an hour trying to evaluate this and getting errors and thinking I'd got the wrong number of brackets and yet it looks fine.


    (setf motifx12 (rnd-order (gen-repeat 12 (list motif)))) :seed3) 


    And then I realise that I have to place the cursor not on the final bracket but on the one before :seed3)

    Nowhere does it say this in the manual as far as I can tell.

    And why?

    I think it's something to do with the : colon that I don't understand in the language. And I still don't understand seed.

    I'm really trying to get to grips with lisp but my hair is on fire. 😞

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