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Quaderno / Hypnosis

Algorithmic Systems by Manfred Hanke

Quaderno Opening screen

Quaderno / Hypnosis

Algorithmic Systems
By Manfred Hanke
Atari Versions Released as FREEWARE JUNE 2001

In my net wonderings, I came across the Quaderno Web Site where they had a Falcon Demo version of Quaderno available. Not having a Falcon yet, I bypassed it. Recently however, I was able to obtain a Falcon and went back to the site, but to my dismay, they had taken off the Falcon version. I wrote to them asking about availability as well as letting them know of my site. Manfred Hanke (the programmer) responded with releasing an ST version of Quaderno as well as a unique program called Hypnosis, an Algorithmic generator. Thank you Manfred! These programs are not for 030 machines however. Manfred said he is looking for the Falcon version, which he has found and is now available.See below. However, there is no documentation yet. We will have to make due with the click and learn method which is still a good way to get some output from the programs.


Quaderno is a form of an Alternate Mouse Controller with sequencer. Lots of icons and buttons and screens. I was in awe at all the stuff that is available as well as the excellent graphics!

Quaderno Main screen

Here is a short review of Quaderno as I am experimenting with it. Very impressive. It appears to have 35 grids for programming your own scale structures along with what type of 'action" the mouse will take when playing the scale, such as Octaves, retrograde, harmonical or ascending, decending scales, ect. There are good libraries of scales and scale structures to choose from. You can also create your own.

Quaderno playing screen

Either you can play the entire 35 grids on one screen, or you can play indevidual grids for a bit more control.Excellent graphics as well.There are also other screens for more editing including an empressive "envelope" type screen where you can drag around notes and see them displayed in real time

Quaderno playing screen

There is also an 'auto-composer' screen where the program can generate events. The events can be specified with different options available.

Quaderno auto-composer screen

This program enables you to use the computer as an instrument in it's own right with complete control in the hands of the user. You will need to learn this instrument just like any other musical instrument. Mouse movements can be very subtle or very pronounced depending on what scale or scale structure being used. This is a very unique application which has now moved to the PC platform but has it's roots on Atari.


Hypnosis is an algorithmic generator combined with a sequencer with many screens and options.

Hypnosis main screen

You can generate events with the algorithms you specify on the Algorithm screen. Options include mathamatical, Harmonical, Wave and Loops.

Hypnosis Algorithm Screen screen

and assemble the events into a song with variations for pitch, velocity and other variables.

Hypnosis Algorithm Screen screen

Quaderno FALCON

Manfred Hanke has now released the Falcon version of Quaderno. It is meant to be run at 256 color mode. After testing the program I have to say: WHAT A PROGRAM! Those who have Falcons: this is a MUST TRY! It really makes the best use of color I have ever seen in an Atari program. This version is VERY different then the ST mono version. More screens, even an arrange screen similer to Cubase. It is a fairy recent program compared to most other Atari programs with a date of 1996.

Unfortunatly, there are no Docs yet. But clicking around you can find more screen and figure some stuff out.

This is a FANTASTIC program. What a treat for Falcon users.Finally a midi program that makes use of 256 color mode.

What Follows is a TXT file about Quaderno:


QUADERNO is a program for MIDI sequencing and an aid to musical composition and research.

QUADERNO was created by two musicians who envisioned a program that would serve their needs as composers. This software is the result of 5 years of intense work and musical research. It was first developed on the Atari and since one year for the PC . It's a program based entirely on MIDI; you can perform many types of data transformations very quickly allowing immediate feedback based upon your musical idea. The interface is attractively colored; it allows you to link music and color in a very intuitive way.

A virtual Remote-Control panel allows you to:

1- determine your Recording choices
2- use special Functions to transform your music
3- access the different "Spaces" (various views of your musical data)

[NOTE:On the Falcon version, the menu items at the bottom of the screen represent what was later made into the remote control panel described above]

1 - RECORDING can be done in different ways:

- Normal MIDI recording with a keyboard or any MIDI instrument
- Simple Recording with the mouse (1 Pattern)
- Multitrack MIDI recording with the mouse (up to 56 Patterns all together)
- Multitrack MIDI recording (16 tracks or 16 MIDI instrumentalists) in real-time.


The functions are very powerful mathematical algorithms that allows you to transform your music with a single click of the mouse.

Quaderno's Functions include:

Accents- Agitation - Random - Rhythm Analysis - Arpeggiator - Cadences - Calculation - Canons - Chords - Conversions - Untie - Echoes - Melodic Evolution - Expression - Harmonization - Legato - Morphing - Suppress Controllers - Reduce Controllers - Progressions - Quantize-Random - Quantize-Fill - Quantize-Logic - Quantization Reduction - Re-Injection - Harmonic Resolution - Rhythm Tracker - Staccato - Suppress Doubles - Suppress Recovey - Send Sysex - Tessitura - Melodic Transposition - Formula - Sorting - Wave Creation .


> SESSION: The basic space of the program . It is made up of a large checkerboard filled up with 196 small squares, each square is called: an Area. Each Area is characterized by a name, a number, a MIDI channel, a synthesizer, a sound, a Scale and a Quaderno. On the left of this large checkerboard you can find a column with numbers from 1 to 56. Each number represents a Pattern. Around this axis revolve 14 "satellite" spaces.


For saving all the files you create in the different spaces with a very convenient feature, the ability to audition items from the Library before importing them.


For structuring and organizing all the Patterns (musical figures) you have developed in the SESSION space, in the same manner as with a classic sequencer but with functions specific to Quaderno. It's also the place for export/import of MIDI files.


A graphic representation of all the MIDI events of the selected Pattern. Each curve is a linear event representation of the various parameters of your music. You can modify each of these curves independently and use functions specific to this space: expansion, compression, horizontal and vertical inversion.


Note events on a grid that represent the pitch on the vertical axis and time on the horizontal axis. You can make modifications and transformations on the selected notes instantaneously, and choose to visualize the color of notes according to their velocity or pitch,


This space allows creation and auditioning of all sorts of chords according to the set of available scales in use in QUADERNO. You can use your chord grids in different ways (send them to a free Area, or use them to reharmonize one or several Patterns).


To create principles of harmonic modulation that you will be able to apply in several ways. These harmonic modulations can be used in real time.


To manage and program all Midi peripherals.


To "see" the music that you have created in a very original way. The different Monitors translate into images (color, speed, movement..) the MIDI events of your music.


To analyze the harmonic contents of any Pattern and see immediately which scales the harmony involves and also to extract a chord grid from this harmonic analysis and use these results in different ways.


To select and extract the different musical elements of a Pattern according to 7 criteria and 2 Modes. Once you have selected the desired elements, you can sort them out and send them into different Plans (up to 6 Plans).


To re-write in real time your sequence by playing with the mouse on the 4 fundamental elements of a Pattern: Velocities, Durations, Notes and Rhythms.


To algorithmically generate MIDI sequences without user input (without keyboard or mouse). You'll select several musical parameters (rhythms, notes, durations, MIDI controller ) and QUADERNO will generate music based upon your program (up to 70 tracks).


Today, we are no longer work in a linear fashion but rather from a multidimensional perspective. It is in the Real-Time space that you will understand this new approach. Here, multiple MIDI instrumentalists can play and record together.

Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with QUADERNO .We hope that QUADERNO will enable you to compose in a completely different way and that you will discover a new and pleasurable approach to making music.


The Quad1.zip contains both programs. You might want to seperate them to seperate discs. As mentioned above, there is no documentation yet. There is now the Falcon version which works in 256 color mode!It is called Quad030.Zip

The FALCON version of Quaderno. Works in 256 color mode. 329 KB

Quaderno ver 1.5 and Hypnosys. two programs by Manfred Hanke for ST(e) monochrome screen. 364 KB

A text file in French about Quaderno

The same TXT file in English (I believe) 6 KB

Home page of the PC version of Quaderno