Music composition is a tricky thing. I find hopping around to different instruments or music creation tools can be quite refreshing and can help to stimulate creativity. One of the tools that I use and love is a tracking program called MilkyTracker.

MilkyTracker is an open source, multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files. It attempts to recreate the module replay and user experience of the popular DOS program Fasttracker II, with special playback modes available for improved Amiga ProTracker 2/3 compatibility.

MilkyTracker is amazing. As tracker, it creates a loose structure for you to plug notes into and then cycles through the notes you plug in. Think of it as setting up dominos. You choose what notes you want and then you place them where you want them to go. Once you are done, you can tap the play button and the notes begin to play in the order you placed them. There are no limits to how many notes you plug in or how many sounds are being played at the same time. You can upload samples, use basic waveforms or even draw a custom waveform. It has a bit of a learning curve but it’s not too hard to grasp the basics.  However, the more you learn the more you realize how crazy complex and powerful this application can be.

MilkyTracker is a fantastic tool for musical composition and it is crazy that it’s completely open source. If you are looking for something fresh to pique your musical senses you should definitely check out MilkyTracker. I mean why not? It’s free!

Here is a song that someone created that really showcases what MilkyTracker is capable of.

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Josiah lives in Austin, Tx and works at The Burlap Bag with his wife Lauren. He is interested in iOS apps, playing music and pondering life's mysteries.

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