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create a piece of music using matlab??

Asked by Passband Modulation on 21 Sep 2012
Latest activity Commented on by Image Analyst
on 11 Mar 2016

given a note file named “toneA.m"

------ note A-----

 clear all
 F_A=440; %Frequency of note A is 440 Hz

The frequencies of notes B, C#, D, E and F# are 493.88 Hz, 554.37 Hz, 587.33 Hz, 659.26 Hz and 739.99 Hz, respectively.

how to write a MATLAB file to produce a piece of music with notes in the following order : A, A, E, E, F#, F#, E, E, D, D, C#, C#, B, B, A, A. Assign the duration of each note as 0.3s.


my question is how do make a series of notes in just a note file, so that they sound like a piece of music?

In grad school I figured out how to play every Linkin Park song:



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5 Answers

Answer by Star Strider
on 21 Sep 2012

I suggest:

notecreate = @(frq,dur) sin(2*pi* [1:dur]/8192 * (440*2.^((frq-1)/12)));
notename = {'A' 'A#' 'B' 'C' 'C#' 'D' 'D#' 'E' 'F' 'F#' 'G' 'G#'};
song = {'A' 'A' 'E' 'E' 'F#' 'F#' 'E' 'E' 'D' 'D' 'C#' 'C#' 'B' 'B' 'A' 'A'};
for k1 = 1:length(song)
    idx = strcmp(song(k1), notename);
    songidx(k1) = find(idx);
dur = 0.3*8192;
songnote = [];
for k1 = 1:length(songidx)
    songnote = [songnote; [notecreate(songidx(k1),dur)  zeros(1,75)]'];
soundsc(songnote, 8192)


Answer by Daniel Shub
on 21 Sep 2012

There are a number of things on the FEX. For example FEX:Matlab Piano.


Answer by Wayne King
on 21 Sep 2012
Edited by Wayne King
on 21 Sep 2012

Simple sine waves are not going to sound like music even if you string them together. I'm not a music expert by any stretch of the imagination, but an A played on a piano vs. guitar sounds different (and much richer) because of the harmonic structure.

I have not done the notes in the order you give, but you can easily modify:

 F_A = 440; %Frequency of note A is 440 Hz
 F_B = 493.88;
 F_Csharp = 554.37; 
 F_D = 587.33;
 F_E = 659.26;
 F_Fsharp = 739.9;
 notes = [F_A ; F_B; F_Csharp; F_D; F_E; F_Fsharp];
 x = cos(2*pi*notes*t); 
 sig = reshape(x',6*length(t),1);

  1 Comment

I'm able to replicate your example.

But, what if instead of x being cos (2*pi*note*t), x is defined as: 0.25* (2*pi*F_A*t) + 0.5* (2*pi*F_B*t) + 0.75* (2*pi*F_C*t)?

I'm not sure how to setup the constants outside of the cosine functions.

Answer by Cliff Bradshaw
on 22 Jul 2015

There is a free set of four files called "MATLAB JukeBox" that can be downloaded from GitHub:

If you look at the individual song files you'll be able to figure out the syntax.

By typing "JukeBox()" into the console you can play three songs that come in the package!

Hope this helps!


Answer by Aurelija V
on 10 Mar 2016

Hi, I have a question about the music playing in MatLab... How to make the melody sound like violin? I get a melody, but it's like a sintenizer, and i have no idea how to make it sound nice.

  1 Comment

To make a natural sounding piece of music, you'll have to play a recording of an actual recording. I don't know how natural is "natural enough" for you but even with good synthesized music, a trained musician such as Itzhak Perlman would most probably be able to tell natural from synthesized.

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