What bach brings
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Powerful data types
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What you can do with bach
Video and lighting
The bach family
bach is the forefather of the family. It contains all the basic modules to deal with computer-aided composition in Max. It’s the first and library you should download, since all the other members of the family won’t even start working without bach.
cage contains ready-to-use modules to deal with many standard 20th- and 21th-century compositional techniques. It is library designed for musicians: you will only deal with musically meaningful parameters, without even worrying about lower-level implementation.
Because of this, cage is easier to deal with than bach; if visual programming with bach makes you nervous, you should definitely consider installing cage and give it a try.
dada is the newest member of the bach family: it contains non-standard graphical user interface for music generation and processing. dada is by design an open box: it is to bach what a laboratory is to a library. All of its components embrace a graphic, ludic, explorative approach to music; most of its components also refer to the worlds of plane geometry, physical modeling or recreational mathematics.
Comprovisador is a system designed by Pedro Louzeiro to enable mediated soloist-ensemble interaction using machine listening, algorithmic compositional procedures and dynamic notation, in a networked environment. In real-time, as a soloist […]
MOZ’Lib is a set of pedagogical tools developed by composer Julien Vincenot, designed to explore musical writing, creation and computer programming. It constitutes an easy introduction to the vast domain […]
Jonathan Bell uses bach.score as a tool for representing a melody which the computer tracks or follows, as well as for storing and displaying the actions to be made when […]
Since his first quartet Korrespondenz (1992), Peter Eötvös has been interested in the transcription of phonetic elements to music, in order to make instruments speak. For Sirens Cycle, Eötvös’s latest […]
Jonathan Bell’s piece Au Commencement was entirely composed (and delivered to the singers) with the help of the bach.roll space-time notation environment. The SmartVox project uses filmed sequences (mp4) of […]
my mother used to say (2016) is a 10 minutes piece in three movements for fans and electromagnetic fields, by Amos Cappuccio. Here are Amos Cappuccio’s words about his work: […]
Diego Dall’Osto’s “Three pieces. Catabasis I, II, III”, for violin and live audio-video electronics (2015), use bach and cage libraries both for computer assisted composition and for synthesis and performance […]
Takuya Shimizu has developed tools to make orchestral scores from pictures by using bach in combination with Jitter. Within bach, one can individually set the color of each notehead in […]
Nikola Kołodziejczyk’s Instant Ensemble is a response to predictable and repeatable music tours. Sheet music for each concert of the seven-piece band is created live literally in front of the […]
Daniele Ghisi’s An Experiment with Time (2015), is both a 3-screens multimedia installation and a live piece for ensemble, video and electronics. This work inspired by the eponym book by […]
Seth Shafer’s Law of Fives (2015), for viola, bass clarinet, marimba, and computer, uses real-time notation and requires the performers to sight-read music as it is algorithmically generated during the […]
mymelody tsukurukun is Takuya Shumizu’s tool to generate melodies by indicating a degree of complexity. Users input a time series of complexity (each value being between 0 and 1000), and […]
bach, cage and dada are throroughly used in Ircam’s Orchids project, as interface tools for the automatic orchestration engine. More information here.
It is supported by our wonderful community on Patreon. Click on a the message [; bach donors] in Max in order to have a list of all our patrons. It used to be also supporters by individual donations on Paypal; our top supporters (100+€) have been: Dimitri Fergadis, Pete Kellock.
The authors wish to thank: Sara Adhitya, Carlos Agon, Davide Bordogna, DaFact, Arshia Cont, Eric Daubresse, Gianluca Delfino, Phil Gaskill, Eric Grunin, Emmanuel Jourdan, Mika Kuuskankare, Serge Lemouton, Jean Lochard, Mikhail Malt, Andrew Pask, Andrea Rota, Andrea Sarto, and all the people at IRCAM who have supported and encouraged the work, although not an internal IRCAM project.
The official bach font is "November for bach", created by Robert Piéchaud and automatically loaded at bach startup. "November for bach" is a light version of the famous November font. The full November font covers a wide range of music symbols, from Renaissance to the XXI century, and gives a unique, warm and lively look to your music scores. It is fully compatible with Finale, Sibelius and other notation softwares, and, in addition, is the first commercial music font fully compliant with SMUFL. You can purchase November from here.
cage is a research project by Andrea Agostini and Daniele Ghisi, carried out at the electroacoustic music center of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, supported by the music and art division of the Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale.