Bibliography:AKC Bibliography 0292
Bumgardner, Jim. Kircher’s Mechanical Composer: A Software Implementation. (2009).
|Title||Kircher’s Mechanical Composer: A Software Implementation|
|Contained in||Bridges Proceedings, 2009|
|Bibliographic level||Paper in conference proceedings|
A description of a working software implementation of Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Mechanics: The algorithm the Jesuit Polymath invented for non-musicians to set hymns to music, in four-part polyphonic arrangements. This algorithm was used in two related inventions of Kircher’s, the Arca Musarithmica, and the Organum Mathematicum. The author has created a software program that incorporates data from both devices. This software produces files in the open-standard ABC notation, through which one can produce printed scores and MIDI recordings of 17th century polyphony in great quantity.
The software developed by the author is available for download at this link.
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