Bounce Metronome Blog

26/06/11

Fibonacci Sequence Inharmonic "Golden Rhythmicon" - Approaching the golden ratio rhythm

Here is something I've been exploring, while adding new content to the website - fibonacci sequence polyrhythms like these ones: 

More videos like this in the new page: Approaching the golden ratio with the Fibonacci sequence.

 

What's interesting here is that, first, the golden ratio is the "most polyrhythmic" possible rhythm in a well defined sense. 

So - it is impossible for a human to play, at least without assistance, as it never repeats exactly. But ratios of Fibonacci numbers get closer and close to the golden ratio and are more accessible to a human player.

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26/06/11

New Bounce Metronome Update 26th June 2011

Bounce Metronome has been updated with the new searchable on-line wiki and other new features. As with all updates, go to the Download page to download the latest version.

Main updates

  • Added an on-line wiki with all the tool tip help - searchable and you can also use it with Auto Translate if English is your second language. Searchable help particularly is something I get asked for from time to time.
  • It also has FAQs, background material, the new version of the "How to use a metronome", and tutorials including video tutorials.
  • Sticky Bounces - I did it for the Bounce on Lyrics, but may be useful in other situations as well.  Ball halts momentarily at the start of each beat, in a very obvious way. 

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25/02/11

Hardware locking software to a particular computer - a new trend - and why my programs aren't locked

Hardware locking is a new trend in software licensing in the early part of the 21st century. If you have bought several programs in the last ten years or so, it is possible that one or two of them may be hardware locked, which ties the program down to a particular computer.

If you want to use one of these programs on another computer, then you need to get a new unlock key from the vendor. Usually each replacement unlock key is provided for free, though sometimes you have to buy a new key after a certain number of changes of computer.

I decided that none of my existing programs are appropriate for hardware locking. But the reasons for my decision might be of interest to other software vendors, and for that matter, for users of my programs too. Or maybe if you are considering purchasing other software and it is hardware locked, may be worth reviewing some of the pros and cons

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24/02/11

Anti-aliased videos

This is in preparation for the new site launch. Time for an overhaul of the videos.

The old ones didn't look that great quality converted to youtube videos (even when downsampled).

But it is all fixed now. Here is the first exported video with antialising 3D bounce:

4/4 with triplet quarter notes for first half of the measure

4/4 with triplet quarter notes for first half of the measure

Beats triplet quarter notes for first half of the measure, and eighth notes for second half

You can look forward to more high quality videos like that in future.

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13/02/11

New 'Play then Silent' Feature

Do you use the Play then Silent feature to help develop a steady tempo? If so this update is for you. Hides the visual cue of the bouncing balls so you have no cue at all during the silent measures and have to rely entirely on your own inner sense of tempo.

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(this will be a video showing the new feature - but have to fix bug in export of video from BM first)

As with all updates, go to the Download page to download the latest version.

13/02/11

New Bounce Metronome Update 28th January 2011

Bounce Metronome has been updated with some new requested features and some helpful visual changes. As with all updates, go to the Download page to download the latest version.

Main updates

  • Bounce hidden for Play then Silent so that you have no visual cue during silent measures
  • The sea for the 3D Bounce window is now gentler moving and paler blue in colour as the previous animated vivid blue sea could be distracting for some users.

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