Bosca Ceoil

Posted by (twitter: @terrycavanagh)
August 23rd, 2013 4:49 pm

Hey all! Really looking forward to this LD, hoping I can finish something small this time :3

I just wanted to share a little tool I just finished in time for this, in the hope that some people here might find it useful. It’s a really simple music making tool! Reposting from my blog:


I made this because I find other music programs really confusing and distracting. Too many panels, buttons and knobs! I wanted something really simple, something designed to work the way I tend to create stuff – a process that I suppose I could best describe as: make something super simple, and keep tweaking it until it starts to get good.

Bosca Ceoil is all about looping, and designed that way at its heart. Songs are built up from lots of tiny 16 note patterns – the intended workflow is that you loop over these single patterns until you have something you like, then you start making variations. If you approach it this way, you’ll find it’s pretty decent at doing that – but it’s not very good at other things, like say, long melody lines. It is what it is! I made it for myself, and the way I work, but hopefully some of you out there will find it useful too. It’s free, and open source under the FreeBSD licence. If anyone wants to port it/fork it, go for it! It’s on github here.

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It’s a pretty simple program, and only takes about five minutes to learn how to use. Here’s a tutorial to get you started!

Good luck with the compo/jam, everyone! Hope the theme is kittens

5 Responses to “Bosca Ceoil”

  1. zzForrest says:

    Ooooh I will check this out 😀

  2. SteveSalmond says:

    Wow, this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing, Terry :)

  3. Bmanrules says:

    Just noticed now, after scrolling by a while ago, where you got the name :) I’m Irish too, and this is my first time entering! any tips?

  4. tnerb says:

    Thanks for this! It’s a huge help!

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