This is the homepage for a software program for young composers (and composers of all ages) who would like to learn how to compose with sounds, and not focus on the traditional manner of music making with notes. This type of composition is common in film, TV and games – everywhere that digital sound is heard. It is also a common form with areas of experimental music.
To use the site, create a log-in by way of Mozilla Persona (click the button to start the process). You can create an identity as a Teacher, an independent User (14 years old and above only) and a Student. Teachers create classes and thus place their Students in their class group. Users and Teachers have access only to their own (and their Students’) work. If a Teacher or User would like to have sounds and/or works placed onto the public site, use the contact button below and let the project team know about this and we will download your work and, all things going well, place it under the sounds and music header for others to use and enjoy.
Compose with Sounds is available free of charge. It runs on Mac OSx (from 10.6), Windows XP and Windows 7. In addition to the tools needed to make music, the software offers functions for making tutorial structures, which many teachers will find useful. Beyond that, the pages contain relevant help texts and a variety of video examples thus providing a great learning tool. Composers and educators who want to get deeper into the field of music technology can follow links to the pedagogical ElectroAcoustic Resource Site known as EARS 2, which, as a dynamic eLearning site, offers texts along with a wide variety of hypermedia examples related to all relevant topics. All compositional activies on EARS 2 use Compose with Sounds.
ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS 2) at De Montfort University.
For downloading the mixing software “Composing with Sounds” for free, please click the software menu button above.