Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Python 2.x support

There will be one more (or two) python 2.x releases, probably this year or early 2020. I'm thinking we should remove 2.x support for MMA ... comments would be appreciated.

My suggestion at this time is to support it in the 2020 tree and then remove all conditionals, etc. in the 2021 release. On the other hand, it's probably not a big deal to continue to support 2.x "forever" :)

I really want to hear from you all about this.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

New developer testing release

I've just posted a new version for testing. Get it at:

 https://mellowood.ca/mma/downloads.html#developer

From the "what's new read me" file:


  • RNDSEED - changed to require an integer argument (or none). Now produces
  •  same results in python2 and 3.
  • More documentation changes. I fear this comment will never stop giving
  •  me grief :)
  • Fixed debug error reporting.
  • Added extended groovename option. You can now specify as DIR:Groovename.
  •  As always, see the docs.
  • GrooveAlias had it arguments reversed in the code. Fixed to match the existing
  •  documentation, debug and error messages.
  • At some point in the development cycle the check for env. variables
  •  stopped working. It's fixed now.
  • Added the cmd line option -xNOCREDIT which will supress the insertion
  •  of "Created by MMA ... filename" text into the meta track. PLEASE DO
  •  NOT USE THIS.
  • Added cmd line option -xCHORDS=a,b,c. This will check each chord and see
  •  if it acceptable to MMA. Displays error lines and list of the valid chords.
  • Added cmd line option -xCHECKFILE=filename. This will parse (somewhat) the
  •  file listed and report any unknown chords. At this point a 'z' chord in the
  •  format CHORDxTrack will report an error.
  •  Fixed circular import problem when setting debug options from cmd line

Please let me know of any problems, etc.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

MMA 19.08

I'm pleased to announce the long overdue update to MMA stable. Version 19.08 is now online and ready for your musical pursuits. Lots of new fun things, lots of new/updated examples, lots of manual fixes and clarifications. This is really a maintenance release fixing a number of issues in 19.07.  So, all I can add is "HAVE FUN". Get it at:

    https://mellowood.ca/mma/index.html

And, don't forget to visit the new MMA blog at

    https://musicalmidiaccompaniment.blogspot.com/

Have fun!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Series 19 updates have started

Just a quick post to let you all know that we're not finished working on MMA. The first enhancement was just completed: in lines being repeated with the * option you can now have the Lyric Chord=ON option set. And, you can have a text lyric as well (even though that will be discarded on line copies).

No developer post yet, but it should be quicker than the last time around!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Minor bug in windows

If you are running MMA on a windows OS you will have a minor problem in that the module fcntl doesn't exist on it. To fix, just do the following:

   1. In the file common.py delete line 34: import fcntl

   2. Replace line 63 in common.py with:

        try:   # Windows doesn't know about fcntl and doesn't need it.
            import fcntl
            fcntl.flock(opath, fcntl.LOCK_EX)   # make sure we print in one batch
        except:
            pass

For the curious: the fcntl.flock() sets up a lock so that only one process can write to the output file. This is the file used for reporting warnings, etc. if the environment variable MMA_LOGFILE is set. By wrapping it all in a try/except it all works ... just no file lock on windows.

The next developer release will include this patch.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

MMA 19.07 ready

I'm pleased to announce the long overdue update to MMA stable. Version 19.07 is now online and ready for your musical pursuits. Lots of new fun things, lots of new/updated examples, lots of manual fixes and clarifications. So, all I can add is "HAVE FUN". Get it at:

    https://mellowood.ca/mma/index.html

Have fun with this. And, please let me know if you have any requests, questions, etc. And share you plugin and library files!!!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Still working on the next release

Just want to let you all know that the next version is being worked on! Right now I'm painfully going though the documentation ... finding some interesting grammar and syntax, and a number of issues from the latex to html conversion. Fun ... not really.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Yet another "final" development release

Sorry fans, I know I promised a new stable series over a year ago. Unfortunately life got in the way. Some minor health issues (mostly solved!), busyness, and a lot of music all contributed to a busy life and, unfortunately, new MMA releases have suffered.

Well, suffer no more! I've just posted a new 16.06 with a "final" extension. Unless someone (most likely me) finds a bug, this will become 19.4 (or 5). Please grab it and take it for a test run!

     https://mellowood.ca/mma/downloads.html#developer

And, please, please, please ... let me know if you encounter any problems.

Keep playing music ... it will help the world!

Python 2.x support

There will be one more (or two) python 2.x releases, probably this year or early 2020. I'm thinking we should remove 2.x support for MM...