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    nmusic is a JavaScript music library for programmatic music composition which offers an intuitive mix of functional and object-oriented programming styles. It is thoroughly tested and well documented but currently in development.


    Navigate to your project directory and install nmusic:

    npm install nmusic

    In your project file, import nmusic.

    var nmusic = require('nmusic')
    // if you'd like, create global variables for the functions you will be using
    var plusInterval = nmusic.plusInterval
    plusInterval('G3', 'P5')             =>  'D4'
    // or, call all functions directly from nmusic
    nmusic.interval('Bb3', 'Ab4')        =>  'm7'

    To work in a functional style, use the many functional methods. These methods all return strings and numbers which represent pitches and intervals. (The example assumes you have assigned all methods to global variables).

    interval('B3', 'F#5')           =>  'P12'
    interval.simple('B3', 'F#5')    =>  'P5'
    semitonesBetween('B3', 'D#4')   =>   4
    plusInterval('B3', -6)          =>  'D3'
    plusInterval('B3', '-m6')       =>  'D#3'

    To work in an object-oriented style, create Pitch objects. The Pitch methods will return other Pitch objects, but behind the scenes they are just using the same functional methods introduced above.

    var p1 = new Pitch('Bb3')
    var p2 = p1.plusInterval('P5')
    p2.toString()                  => 'F4'
    p2 instanceof Pitch            => true
    p1.interval(p2)                => 'P5'


    nmusic is made of a set of sensical music classes like Note, Pitch, Duration, Measure. Most of the functionality of the library will be loaded into the factory method nmusic which will parse a variety of arguments and return objects of the appropriate class.

    nmusic('Bb3')                  =>  Bb3
    nmusic('Bb3') instanceof Note  =>  true
    nmusic('Bb3').plus('P4')       =>  Eb4
    nmusic('Bb3').interval('Eb4')  =>  P4
    nmusic('Bb3').scale('major')   => [Bb3, C4, D4, Eb4, F4, G4, A4]


    View the api documentation here.


    To run eslint and tape tests:

    npm test

    To generate api documentation:

    npm run docs

    Background & Credits

    My first programming project was a simple object oriented music library which I made from scratch to solve counterpoint problems. As I've learned more, I've come back to that library and refactored it several times, and now I aim to completely rebuild it.

    There are already some very good JavaScript music libraries out there which have influenced this project:

    tonal is an elegant library written in a functional style.

    teoria is an object oriented library.

    This library aims to be an intuitive mix between a functional and object-oriented style.


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