Saturday, 30 July 2022
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Hey all, I'm looking to hire a JUCE developer to build the next iteration (V3) of a MIDI plugin for our company. The product is currently available and doing well on ADSR, KVR, and Apple marketplace. We've sold around 1,500 copies in the first year and a half with minimal adspend and mostly grassroots promotion.

This project is ambitious and a bit "out there" so we definitely are looking for someone who's a culture fit, in the sense of sharing similar interests.

Our app lets people type in words and convert them to MIDI, right within the DAW. It operates on a simple diatonic/chromatic transcoding algorithm I wrote (substitution cipher). We're selling to musicians who want a quick source of random inspiration. It's been well received overall, though some people struggle to understand what the point of an app like this would be.

The concept was inspired by musical cryptograms, a classical music technique employed by Bach and others, where last names were turned into melodies and hidden within their songs. Our plugin lets people create music based on any word or phrase and then modify the notes as desired. It overrides empty-DAW paralysis with some little bit of starting material that's personally meaningful.

Why we need you

We want to hook the plugin up to a cloud-hosted neural network, comparable to OpenAI's Jukebox or Musenet. We would take the user's text input and make a post request to the neural net, which would process and return a MIDI file to the plugin. The user drags it onto their virtual instrument of choice.

The ideal person for this job would have experience with C++, JUCE, and TensorFlow.

If you're interested and want to discuss more, feel free to respond here or message me directly.
1 year ago
Just interested - which other composers have done this?

I'm aware that Shostakovich used a 4 note motif based on the first 4 letters of his name - this crops up in a number of his pieces.

1 year ago
Bach used it with his name ... seems strange doesn't it because there's no H in music notation?
Well, not in English anyway, but there is an H in German notation.
e.g. Messe in h-Moll or the Mass in B minor.

Because the sound for what we, in English, call a flat is, in German, "bey" and the sound for B is also "bey", B flat would become ""bey bey".
But it doesn't, B flat is "bey" in German.
So another sound is used for B natural, and it's "ha" or H.
So Bach could spell his surname using the German notation system.
"Bb, A, C, B."

I don't know of any others though.

Just a bit of obscure knowledge I acquired when living in Germany for a while.
Cabbage, by Jordon He played by Two Set Violin. They have also Cafe and a few more.

Edit: how I could forget DEAF, a tribute to Beethoven by the same composer and players.
Since this convo steered in the direction of other composers who have used musical cryptograms, here's a link that you all may find interesting. It covers the history of these ciphers and even a bit on their role in movies/games.
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