A Bit of Random Fun
Friday, April 2, 2010

So, I was reading Homegrown Mom's blog, and she's hosting a giveaway.  She said that the winner would be chosen by Random.org.  Curious, I visited the Random.org website.  Under the "Fun and Free" section, I saw the link for a Jazz Scale Generator, and I laughed!

Turns out, it wasn't at all what I thought.  What this tool does is randomly select a known scale, such as "C# pentatonic minor", presumably so that you can practice improvising on that scale.  It doesn't include the modes.

From my perspective, I was thinking of Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales.  Nicolas Slonimsky was a modern composer who made up a whole bunch of new scales.  I was thinking that this was a tool to randomly generate a new scale.

Since that wasn't the case, I decided to build one:

Carolyn's Random Scale Generator

While I was at it, I threw in a Random Motif Generator as well.  The song Bridges was actually composed using this method.

So, have fun!  If you actually compose anything with these tools, post a comment and let me know!

Leave a comment

I will sing of Your strength;
in the morning I will sing of Your love,
for You are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.

O My Strength, I sing praises to You,
for You, O God, are my defense,
my loving God,
my God of mercy.

— Psalm 59:16-17