Have you ever wondered what climate cycles of the last million years SOUND like? What would happen if you turned tide level data into sound waves? If geological cycles could make music - what would the melody be? The harmony?
Maestro Frankenstein is a unique application that is designed as a multitrack data sequencer to map timeseries data to notes or musical control values. Although designed with geologic data in mind, Maestro Frankenstein creates a score from any timeseries data and plays it back in realtime with any instrument (MIDI, VST or built-in synth) that you specify.
Maestro Frankenstein 2 is a new, re-imagined, simpler to use version that won't be full of bugs that I can't fix. It doesn't have all the features version 1 had, but it is already much easier, faster and predictable to use.
Maestro Frankenstein 1 includes Data viewing, basic editing, many musical mapping options, as well as spectral analysis processes such as an average FFT with peak detection and a spectral bandpass filter to create new curves by isolating specific frequencies. You can even turn your data directly into sound waves - usually noisy, and very fun.
Maestro Frankenstein reads most data saved in standard Tab-Delimited Text format, such as can be exported from Excel or OpenOffice. Some sample data files are included to get you going. Text, MIDI and audio files can be exported.
Here's a screenshot. And feel free to leave any comments or questions about Maestro Frankenstein on its MacUpdate page.
Special thanks to Alessandro Montanari, who sponsored the project along with Loccioni/AEA. The original "Frankenstein" software was written by and Gabriele Rosseti who helped me to get this new one off the ground. Grazie!
Please keep in mind that this is beta software and there are still many issues. Please read the included ReadMe file.
Version 0.26 is recommended for all users, but it unfortunately breaks compatibility with project files from version 0.24 and earlier. You can safely have two versions installed on your computer if necessary.
Building on Windows XP requires Max/MSP 4.5 or later, FTM, jasch objects, mkdir and Lobjects. Move the file(s) in the "Win Specific" folder into the folder with the patch (replacing other files). Open the "Maestro Frankenstein" patch and build. The above objects can be easily found on maxobjects.com
Mac: PowerPC G3, G4, G5 or Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.4 or later, 512 MB minimum of system memory recommended.
Tested primarily on a 1.25GHz G4 powerbook with OS X 10.4.11. Also tested quickly on a Mac Pro. A version supporting OS X 10.3 may also be forthcoming at some point.
PC: Windows XP (Home or Pro), with 500 Mhz P3 or better processor and 256 MB of system memory recommended. May or may not run on Vista... I have no idea.
Both: At least 800x600 display (1024x768 or greater recommended), MIDI interface and/or VST plugins recommended to get some good sounds.
0.4 beta (Codename: "Wow it sorta does what it is supposed to now!")
0.26 beta Release 2
0.22 beta – Mac only (PPC and Intel)
0.21 beta – Mac only (PPC and Intel)
0.2 beta – Mac only (PPC and Intel)
email me: arvid @ the address of this website