The Bol Processor project

Bol Processor is a program for music composition and improvisation with real-time MIDI, MIDI file, and Csound output. It produces music from a set of rules (a compositional grammar) or from text scores typed or captured from a MIDI instrument. Bol Processor 2 began as a shareware application for Macintosh computers developed by Bernard Bel and Srikumar Karaikudi Subramanian. The original Bol Processor program was developed by Bernard Bel and Jim Kippen on an Apple IIc.

Current research suggests that a few features of Bol Processor, notably polymetric expressions and time patterns, could be helpful in describing the time structures of synthesized speech. In order to check this hypothesis, Bol Processor will be interfaced with the MBROLA speech synthesis environment.

Bol Processor 2 is now distributed as free software (open source) under a BSD-style license (please see the License.txt file for complete terms). It is currently available for the MacOS 9 and MacOS X environments.

BP development is hosted by Sourceforge at http://bolprocessor.sourceforge.net/.
Developers interested in joining the project are most welcome to do so. Please email us for more information.

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