Melody Generator

Captain Melody 3.0 might just be the most advanced melody generator of its time. Let’s take a look at what makes it such a remarkable composition tool.


Endlessly yours

Brian Eno is credited with inventing the concept of generative music. It’s defined as music which auto-evolves from any given beginning point and endlessly generates new patterns.

This ground-breaking idea has been steadily built on in recent years. There are now modules and apps that can steer randomly generated patterns as they evolve into pieces of music. Music, that is, in a loose sense of the word… while endless bleeps and bloops have a certain charm, it’s unlikely we’ll see generative music blowing up the Spotify charts any time soon.

Bright Idea

That’s where Captain Melody 3.0 comes in. Suddenly, you can use melody generator technology to create catchy, memorable and controlled music. Captain Melody boasts a pioneering new concept in melody generation; the Idea tool.

You can choose whether Captain Melody is connected to a chord sequence created in Captain Chords. Then, pressing Idea will generate a melody that automatically follows the chord sequence. That’s phenomenal in itself, but Idea is only just getting started. You can then alter the generated melody by changing a huge range of parameters.

These parameters are grounded in elite musical theory. In essence, they enable you to emulate the thought processes and melodic selections of top composers, while retaining total creative control.

If you prefer, you can use Melody as a standalone plugin and generate melodies in your chosen key and scale, without being constrained by a chord sequence.

Whichever method you choose, the degree of control at your fingertips is unrivalled. You can decide how much of the melody should have step-wise motion, or how much of the generated melody should leap over notes in the scale.

Select from a number of directions and speeds to control how the sequence unfurls.

Experiment with rests, triplets, and different note lengths. Each parameter change will generate a new melody based on your input. You can also decide the proportions of notes in the overall melody – how much of it should be chord tones – 1, 3 and 5, or whether you want more or fewer dissonant tones such as 6ths and 7ths.

Generate state

The ways in which the Idea tool can be used to generate melodies is almost limitless. Link Idea boxes together to add contrast, or duplicate one Idea box and subtly alter the final one to generate a simply chorus with a dynamic final bar. While Captain Melody 3.0’s Idea box is generating the melody for you, you retain total creative control. The only limitation is your imagination!

Write your own melodies using Captain Melody

It’s super easy to generate your own melodies from scratch. Visit the official Captain Melody homepage and see how it will help you explore music and write your own original productions.