name = KeyKit
developer = AT&T / Tim Thompson
operating system = Windows, GNU/Linux
Programming language, Music/ MIDI
license = Free for non-commercial use
website = http://nosuch.com/keykit
KeyKit is a graphical environment and
programming languagefor MIDIsynthesis and algorithmic composition. It was originally developed by Tim Thompson and released by AT&T.
[http://nosuch.com/tjt/ Tim Thompson] is a
software engineerand the originator of various software titles, including Keykit and Stevie (predecessor of the now widely-distributed and popular text editorVim). Keykit (originally named "Keynote") was developed by Thompson in his spare time while he worked for AT&T, though it was not related to his actual job there. Keynote was originally released through the AT&T Toolchest, andin 1995 was released as KeyKit with a license making it freely available for non-commercial use.
Keykit is noteworthy for its versatility and expressiveness. Complex algorthmic arrangements can be produced with as much detail and sophistication as required, and the software works on multiple platforms and operating systems. It is not dependent on peripherals or sound cards from a specific vendor. These are unique advantages over similar "
music workstation" products with the same or similar functionality for algorithmic composition and computer generated music.
* variables, functions, classes, and
* always-active MIDI recording
* multi-tasking environment
* library functions and classes (both built-in and user-definable)
* mutli-platform multi-os and not dependent on specific peripherals
* GUI-based multi-track sequencer
* pop-up context menus
* built-in and user-definable "tools"
List of MIDI editors and sequencers
* [http://www.nosuch.com/keykit/ Keykit Download]
* [http://www.nosuch.com/tjt/software.html Tim Thompson software]
* [http://www.nosuch.com/tjt/tunetoys.html Tune Toys: interactive web-based algorithmic composition] (based on KeyKit engine)
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c-O57J9W-E Video demo of keykit from 1994]
* [http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8153 Article about KeyKit from Linux Journal, March 2005]
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