Thursday, 2 February, 2017
new software application that generates musical loops has been developed by
researchers at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development.
software – Xronomorph - designed by Dr Andrew Milne and PhD student Steffen
Herff, uses sophisticated mathematical equations to create interesting and
novel musical structures.
Milne said by using two mathematical principles – well-formedness and perfect
balance – the software allowed users to easily navigate two distinct rhythmic
sub-spaces that were of musical interest, but had generally been hard to
explore with traditional computational tools.
rhythmic loop in music is best described as a section of repetitive sound
material,” he said.
“A common feature of rhythmic loops is that they are
multilevel. This means that even in simple time signatures, there are trillions
of different possible rhythms and these rhythms form the basis of any musical
and melodic loops are an essential component of most electronic dance music and
hip-hop, and they also play an important role in rock, jazz, Latin and
Dr Milne said by
designing the software, he aimed to simplify the process of generating rhythmic
loops and encourage musical engagement – with potential application in music
“The great thing about
Xronomorph is that you don’t need to be musically trained to use it. You don’t
need extensive knowledge about rhythmic loops or software operation. It is very
user friendly,” he said.
“With Xronomorph, we can
now unlock the potential to explore a new subspace of musically interesting
rhythms that was previously inaccessible.
“I hope this software
will inspire musicians and music enthusiasts to create interesting rhythms that
would ordinarily be hard to develop manually or to otherwise compose.”
Dr Milne said he and Mr
Herff’s commitment to the accessibility of science meant that the software is
and will remain free.
For more information, contact Farah
Abdurahman on (02) 9772 6695 / 0427945 382 / F.Abdurahman@westernsydney.edu.au