Give the chord progression and a style and JChordBox generates a song.
JChordBox is a library tool that can generate backing tracks from a chord progression and a music style (containing music templates or grooves).
A music Style is describe using an XML and a MIDI file. You can generate an XML Style file from a MIDI file by adding markers to delimit grooves (or music templates).
An XML Song file describes a chord progression and sets the music style to use.
JChordBox comes with several command line tools (GenerateSong, CreateStyleFromMidiFile, SongPlayer …).
NEW:The application center is called SongPlayer and is a text based user interface that can play JChordBox song. SongPlayer is a MIDI Player that can loop a song, mute or soloing tracks and displays transport informations. SongPlayer is now the default jar application.
NEW:Examples have been added to the distribution package.
Sourceforge project page http://sourceforge.net/projects/jchordbox
LicenseJChordBox is released under GPLv3. You can consult the entire license here
The JChordBox software requires java 1.7. It should work on MAC and windows as well as on Linux system.
It is currently develop on Ubuntu 12.04 with openjdk 7 and tested on windows 7 with Oracle JRE 7.
See the User guide for installation, configuration and process explanation.
Look at sourceforge project download page.
JChordBox is in development stage. This means that it is under active development. A Bug tracker is available at sourceforge. If you want to help improve this software please take time to report bugs at http://sourceforge.net/p/jchordbox/tickets/
JChordBox is an open source software. For bug reports, feature requests, discussion forums, mailling lists, or any other matter related to the development of this piece of software, please use the Sourceforge project page.
- Users mailing list : for help on JChordBox. You must register first to the mailing list.
- Discussion forum : for discussion/help on JChordBox.
- Tickets tracker : for bug report or feature request.
Main developper and project maintainer: Laurent Schwartz
Logo designer : Thomas Saliba
Help is welcome. JChordBox looks for some generous contributors. Several things can be done which don't need programmer skills:
- Create new music styles : This requires music skills to create a music style with a sequencer and JChordBox. (for example: jazz, blues, rock, funk, pop, ...)
- Translate documentation : The documentation needs to be translated as well as software messages.
If some java skilled programmers wish to build a front end (using javafx) like ChordPulse or help improve JChordBox, they are welcome !
If you are interested in helping this open source project, please contact me at eleandar (at) gmail (dot) com.
Its goal is to provide a free, powerful yet simple to use piece of software to create MIDI musical accompaniment.
note: My mother tongue is french and my english is far from perfect.