software > Accelerando
Accelerando is a musical metronome that can speed up, allowing you to practice your music at progressively faster tempos. For example, you could set it to play 60 beats per minute for 4 bars, then automatically speed up by 10 beats per minute, and so on. It runs on Unix.
This program has some dependencies, which can be satisfied with the following debian packages:
- alsa-utils or madplay -- required
- libgtk2-perl -- optional; needed if you want to use the GUI rather than the command-line interface
- festival -- optional; needed for speech-synthesis features
generic instructions for installing Accelerando
Download the source code, and then do this:
tar -zxvf accelerando.tar.gz cd accelerando-1.1 make install
You also need to install the dependencies listed above, e.g., by doing apt-get install alsa-utils libgtk2-perl festival.
The program's man page is reproduced on this web page.
For anyone who wants to see the very latest version of the program, or who wants to contribute to the project, I have a public Git repository here.
accelerando(1) accelerando 1.1 accelerando(1) NAME Accelerando - an accelerating musical metronome SYNOPSIS accelerando & Runs the GUI. accelerando -t Prints usage information for the command-line interface. accelerando -t argument-list Runs the command-line interface. The argument list can be truncated, in which case the missing parameters take their default values. A default value can also be specified with a dot. accelerando -v Prints the version number and exits. ARGUMENTS initial tempo Initial tempo, in beats per minute. wait Seconds to delay before starting. timesig Beats per bar bars Number of bars before increasing the tempo add Amount to add to the tempo after the first time. If a maximum tempo has been set, the tempo will not keep increasing at this rate forever, but rather will asymptotically approach the maximum tempo. max Maximum tempo. voice If this parameter is set to 1, a synthesized voice will announce each tempo. interpolate If set to 1, the tempo will go up smoothly rather than discontinuously at the end of each repetition. Default: 1. DESCRIPTION Accelerando is a musical metronome that can speed up, allowing you to practice your music at progressively faster tempos. For example, you could set it to play 60 beats per minute for 4 bars, then automatically speed up by 10 beats per minute, and so on. OTHER INFORMATION Accelerando's web page is at http://www.lightandmatter.com/accelerando/ , where you can always find the latest version of the software. AUTHOR Accelerando was written by Ben Crowell, http://www.lightandmatter.com/personal/. COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE Copyright (C) 2008 by Benjamin Crowell. Accelerando is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GPL, version 2. 1.1 2010-10-31 accelerando(1)