Bob van der Poel
Thu, 24 Jun 2004 19:46:00 -0700

I'm pleased to announce the release of my program

          mma - Musical MIDI Accompaniment
          version: Beta 0.8

MMA is a accompaniment generator -- it creates midi tracks
for a soloist to perform over from a user supplied
file containing chords and MMA directives.

MMA is very versatile and generates excellent tracks. It comes
with an extensive user-extendable library with a variety of
patterns for various popular rhythms, an extensive user manual,
and several demo songs.

MMA is a command line driven program. It creates MIDI files
which need a sequencer or MIDI file play program.

MMA is written in Python. You'll need version 2.2 of Python
for MMA to function.

MMA is supplied in 4 tar.gz archives. Included:

          mma-bin   -- the main script and library files.
          mma-html  -- documentation in HTML format.
          mma-ps    -- documentation in Postscript format.
          mma-songs -- a collection of about 120 songs in MMA format.

If you get the entire download package it is well under 1meg in size.

MMA is currently in BETA. We are looking for lots of help in debugging
the program, creating songs for distribution, and new and improved
library files.

Best of all, MMA is free. It is released under the terms of the GNU
public license. It has been developed on a Linux platform, but should
be usable on just about any system.

MMA is available on my personal home page:

If you have any questions or comments, please send them


Beta 0.8: Some major cleanups and minor syntax changes. Binaries now
work with MSDOS-like systems. Complete rewrite of PATTERN code. The sound
and style of the resulting tracks has been greatly improved! This is
approaching a 1.0 release, so please let me know of any major problems or
concerns before the we start to do a final wrap.

Comments appreciated!

Bob van der Poel ** Wynndel, British Columbia, CANADA **