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Bounce Metronome 4.3 Update

To find out what's new in version 4.3 of Bounce, see Bounce Metronome 4.3 Release.

Latest update 14th November 2012. Fixes quite a few remaining bugs in the 4.3 release, - most important some glitches in the layout of the bouncing balls in the 3D bounce window which you might encounter with some rhythms. Also adds some extremely minor new features.

You can get this new update from the Download Page.

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Bounce Metronome 4.3 Release

With version 4.3, Bounce Metronome, you can now play beat preserving polymeters - - with the beats the same in all the rhythms, and the measures varying in size. 

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Two rhythms ♩ ♪♩ and ♩ ♪♩ ♪ as a beat preserving polymeter - this is one of the preset rhythms in the Drum & Dance view in the main window drop down..

You get a new "Beat preserving polymeters" metronome type - dedicated to this type of rhythm. Aso, as a new feature you can combine any of your rhythms in music notation as a polymeter.

You can also combine your rhythms as a polyrhythm (and so make polyrhythms where each rhythm has notes of several different sizes, e.g. play ♩ ♪♩ polyrhythmically with ♩ ♪♩ ♪). As another new feature, you can combine your rhythms using Steve Reich style rhythm phasing - with a different tempo for each one.

Other improvements - you can now use file names in any language (full unicode support), any of the unicode symbols also in the lyrics or bouncing text etc, you can use  custom percussion menus (e.g. for Studio Drummer), nice preset sprites with some new special sprite features, for blind users you now have pitch and volume bounces to try out, as an audio version of the visual bounces, and there are numerous other new features and improvements.


Read on to find out more about the release.


Bounce Metronome for Mac and Multi Platform

Please see the more recent update to this post.

The most frequent question I get asked about Bounce is: is there is a version for a Mac, or will there be one in the future? The answer is No, and Maybe. Find out more and add your name to the wish list here:  /Mac, Mobile and other Multi Platform FAQs

Anyway, those of you who added yourself to the wish list early on might wonder why you haven't heard from me yet. The thing is, though I'm keen to do this project, I haven't had a chance to work on it.
Was hoping to start on it some time this year but just haven't had the chance to do it yet. One of the main reasons for the delay is that the new update of Bounce Metronome 4.3 has taken at least six or seven months longer than expected. .
The Mac version would probably take several months from learning the language and coding environment to first simple app, so I need to have lots of time to work on it to do it properly. Also I have two other major projects to do before then, so realistically it's not likely to happen before next year now.

Golden Ratio Rhythm with each part silent for a few measures at a time independently

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Golden ratio rhythm with each part going silent for several measures at a time..

 This is a feature of the public beta:  soon to be released

This is an exercise to test your ability to keep a very steady tempo (and hopefully improve it).

What you have to do is to choose one of the rhythms and tap exactly in time with it and then continue your taps through the silences. Are you exactly in time with the clicks for your part next time it resumes?<--break->

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Bounce Metronome 4.3 Public Beta

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The Sound of a Pendulum Wave - As Bounces with Harmonic Series Pitches.

 Current upload of the public beta: 29th August 2012

This has now been RELEASED.

See Bounce Metronome 4.3 Release



New sprite animation options

Youtube Video

Sorlo, a Funny Sorceror - bouncing in a conducting pattern for 4/4

This is the new updated sprite feature which will be in the next upload of Bounce Metronome. I've uploaded several sprite videos to youtube and will add them to the web site.

I've also uploaded many other example videos of various types to youtube, upload usually several times a week, so if you are interested in the Bounce Metronome videos - maybe because you have a Mac and can't get it for Windows or just like them - then you might want to subscribe to my youtube channel :). 


More Pygmie Music

You might like these too :)

Efe People's Rhythms and Polyrhythms

It's a playlist of an hour and a half of Pygmie music with lots nicie rhythms including many polyrhythms - they are noted for their polyrhythms. The tuning of the music is also interesting for those interested in microtonal music.

See Efe People and Efe People of the Ituri forest for more about the people who make this music ]


A curious connection between the golden ratio rhythms and the golden ratio pitch interval

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Golden ratio polyrhythm with golden ratio pitch interval

Notice how the beats nearly coincide when they reach successive Fibonacci numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377,

Nate DeBelle recently asked on the Xenharmonic alliance on facebook, what''s special about the golden ratio pitch interval, as a musical interval. "I know some people have done it, but I don''t really understand it. Why actually use the ratio of phi in your tunings? What is the point?" - here is the original post

So anyway that intrigued me, and as a result of following that up have found an intriguing connection between the beating partials of harmonic notes played at the golden ratio interval and the golden ratio polyrhhythm.

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Fibonacci rhythms, sonified pendulum waves, options of interest to instrument tuners, and other new options and bug fixes

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This brings together ideas from Theremin's Rhythmicon and the lovely pendulum waves.

A pendulum wave has pendulums with strings of varying length, which swing back and forth each at a different rate to make these beautiful patterns.

This video uses bouncing balls instead, bouncing at 52, up to 66 beats per measure. Each ball plays one of the harmonics of the harmonic series.

The Fibonacci rhythms are of interest as a new type of rhythm you probably haven't encountered before, a new idea you might find useful.

The harmonic interval trainer / tester and pitch sensitivity tester are of interest for instrument tuners. The interval tester helps you listen to the beats you get when you play two notes together as a chord - with an option to boost selected partials to help you hear the beats more clearly.

The sonified pendulum waves are just fun and cool. You can also play them like the rhythmicon sounding or muting individual parts using the PC Keyboard. So it's an extension of the rhythmicon idea but starting with e.g. 52 beats to a measure instead of 1 beat to a measure.

Also added some new tempo script options, and some other minor features. For details of all this read on.

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Fibonacci Rhythm - no bar pattern, highly structured but never repeats - played on harmonics

"What's the best tuning for consonance, beauty, relaxation and peace. I don't want dissonance or tension that needs to resolve.". 

That was Jesse Thom's interesting question recently over at the Xenharmonic Alliance in facebook,

Youtube Video

This rhythmic pattern has no fixed measure size of any description - but it isn't free time either - it's highly structured.

 My idea was to take any very restful unchanging harmony - there are lots of possible choices, including the unison, but one natural choice is the harmonic series - and then use rhythms to maintain the interest.

My first thought was to use polyrhythms for the rhythmic interest, as in the harmonic polyrhythms of Bounce Metronome and the Lambdoma music therapy. But then thought, what about the Fibonacci rhythms? So this is the result.

These fascinating rhythmic patterns never repeat exactly at any time scale - but yet are highly structured. There must be a million different ways to approach her question, this is just one idea :)

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