To compose melodies and the correct chord progressions.
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The Palette - Melody Composing Tool

The Palette program is a tool for the creation of 'theoretically correct' melodies.

Use this program to compose melodies. The Palette - Melody Composing Tool is based on the theory of composition and theory of harmony. The program operates with such concepts as a phrase, sentence, period, motive, ways of motive development: sequence, variation, motive inversion, repetition etc. It has an original graphic interface, which allows to select duration and pitch of the notes and also type of a chord and its location without pressing mouse button but only by movement of the mouse.

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key features

  • The program is based on composition theory and the theory of harmony. The b theoretical base makes the melody composing process easier.
  • The program contains seventeen lessons. Each lesson has one or two demo-scripts. The lessons sequentially describe all process of melody creation.
  • The program represents the melody in a structure that is analogue to the structure of common speech. There are words (motives), phrases, sentences, commas (caesuras), question marks and points (cadences). Such an approach allows a simple and effective algorithm to be applied to the composition of melodies.
  • The program implements twenty four methods of motive development. Some of them are listed here: variation; inversion; repetition; new rhythm; sequence and so on. These methods similar to the visual effects in graphical editors. The program suggests the 'theoretically correct' algorithm for the melody creation. The main advantage of the algorithm is: we take some existing part of a melody (motive or phrase) and apply the methods of motive development (for example, variation) to this motive of phrase to create a new motive or phrase of the melody.
  • The program knows the most commonly used triads and sevenths of the key. The program represents the chords in a four-voice form. The names of the voices are soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Any chord has many variants of an arrangement. For example: any chord note can be placed in the first position of the arrangement. The chord notes can be arranged adjacently (tight arrangement) or remotely (wide arrangement). The user can choose both the type of the chord and the arrangement of the chord.
  • The program understands the logic of the functional motion. That is, the program knows the rules, which describe how and in what sequence the chords appear in the chord progression. On each step, the program suggests only those chords, which are suitable for the current position in the chord progression.
  • The program understands the 'voice-leading' rules. The rules define how one chord notes transform to another chord notes. The chord progressions, where these rules are used, sound very harmonious.
  • The program keeps the music within the limits of harmony and composition theory. It guarantees a properly constructed melody and backing.
  • The program has an option that exports the melody to a midi (*.mid) file. The exported file consists of three tracks: melody, chords, bass. You can import this file to any midi sequencer or style arranger to create a complete tune.
  • User documentation consists of three Chapters: the first chapter 'Theory' describes the basics of harmony and composition theory; the second chapter describes the User Interface and the third chapter contains two examples, which describe the full process of the melody creation from beginning to the end.

To sum up: the program allows you

  • To learn the theory of melody composing.
  • To compose the correct chord progressions.
  • To compose (beautiful!) melodies.

 

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