Bounce Metronome Blog


3D bounce now auto sizes like 2D Bounce. New rhythm cycle feature

This is a minor update, 18th September 2011. Also a bunch of minor bug fixes uploaded on the 19th and 23rd. For earlier updates, see Change Log

First, a new feature to let you use the rhythm cycles manually as well as automatically.

Also now the 3D bounce auto resizes to fit the window - particularly useful for conducting patterns.

Then there's a bug fix for a visual flicker effect you may sometimes get with fast rhythms.

Also a new "Change to Pro Metronome" option in the rhythms drop menu for Bounce Metronome Lite,

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Tweaks and Improvements for Netbooks, Touch Screens, integrated graphics, and Windows 7 Starter

Netbooks are of especial interest for a metronome since they are so portable - much like a mobile device.

Touch screens are a wave of the future, I think. I expect more and more people will use them, in iPad like devices. Musicians will find them especially useful as the technology matures - as control surfaces, instruments etc - and will also want to run metronomes on them because they are so portable.

Some of these run Windows 7 so will be able to run Bounce Metronome fine.

So when I got a new netbook recently it was a great opportunity to test Bounce Metronome on it thoroughly - with this in mind - I got a touch screen one as well, with integrated graphics (which slows down 3D animations), so lots of things to work on.

This upload should help you if you have any of those types of device.

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Renamed "Super Simple Mode" to "Newbie Mode" and very minor bug fixes (New Upload, Friday 15th July 2011)

Renamed "Super Simple Mode" to "Newbie Mode" -  Newbie mode gives a more accurate idea - all the usual features there but leaves out the more advanced tweaks to give an interface more useful for newbies to the program.

Added Lissajous icon buttons to the Harmonic polyrhythm and harmonic polyrhythm cycle windows.

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New "Super Simple" mode for newbies (Update: Friday 8th July 2011)

New "Super Simple" option in the Options drop menu - now also the default for new installs.

You still have the full range of rhythms of the advanced interface, and tempo features, and you can easily swap to the advanced mode if you want to. 

It hides all the advanced tweaks and rarely used options completely, to create a much simpler interface, especially for newbies to the program.

  • Simpler menus
  • Fewer windows
  • Simplest versions of the windows only (no "More" buttons).

Leaves out some rarely used features especially for midi and sound

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Why does the bounce work so well?

Youtube Video

“Its secret is ... a ‘gravity bounce’ that feels like having your own conductor to help you keep in time...” Martin Walker, PC Notes, Sound On Sound Mag., 2010

Many musicians have told me how much easier they find it to learn new rhythms with this metronome.

So - why is that? Think about that familiar moment when an orchestral conductor comes onto the stage at the start of a performance, silent and motionless for a moment or two.

Then he raises and drops the baton, and you hear a single chord with all the instruments wonderfully in time with each other. This simple visual cue is enough for all the players to come in, synchronised to within a millisecond or two.

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Polyrhythm videos

Thought I'd start a thread about polyrhythm videos on youtube and elsewhere. Added this one also to the Polyrhythms video resources page.

Efe People's Polyrhythms

Youtube Video

Efe Peoples Music, Indigenous Africa, Likembe (thumb piano) Song
Links: See Efe People and Efe People of the Ituri forest for more about the people who make this music


Very Minor Bounce Metronome Update 28th June 2011

This is a very minor bug fixes update. Change log entry here.

For the 4.2 update see this earlier blog post


Nice black on white accessibility video

This was another slight puzzle - what to do to make interesting videos for the page for visually impaired users. I wanted to do videos that were black on white for high contrast. Interesting rhythmically of course. Then - the obvious thing is to do one of the contrasting shapes for people who are completely colour-blind (monochromats).

So anyway this is what I ended up with, and thought it turned out rather well, interesting to look at and listen to:

Youtube Video

7:5:3:2 Polyrhythm showing use of shapes to distinguish the rhythms

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Tune Smithy Fractal Tunes with Lissajous 3D animations

It was a bit of a puzzle to know what to do for the video for fractal tunes for the Tune Smithy Bonus page. Just audio files on their own seemed rather dull with the rest of the site so rich in video content. And I did do a demo of how to make tune smithy tunes, but they didn't seem quite right either.

But then I had the idea of combining the Tune Smithy tunes with the Lissajous 3D patterns, and this is the result:

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4/4 : 4/3 type harmonic polyrhythms

Perhaps you might like this new video I did recently for the website:

Youtube Video

Gradually changing Tempo Harmonic Polyrhythm for time signatures: 3/4 with 3/5 with 2/4 with 7/5


This is where it's used:  4/4 : 4/3 type Harmonic Polyrhythms (or Cross Rhythms)