Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Make Your Own Sheet Music with LilyPond

Filed under
Software

Writing, or rewriting, your musical scores digitally can be a tedious business. It takes a lot longer than doodling with pen and paper, but is infinitely tidier and more accessible – in a way, you’re making it timeless. In this time and age, it’s simply not done to compose your scores on a napkin. Sure, it makes for great storytelling, but you’re up for a redo if you want any credibility.

LilyPond (Mac, PC, Linux)

LilyPond is a very special application, and not just because it’s available on all the popular operating systems. There’s a reason why I’m not showing you a fancy screenshot below. You see, LilyPond doesn’t have a GUI – Graphical User Interface. In other words, it’s completely text-based.

Please stop screaming, and allow me to explain.




More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

Pro tip: Find tons of open-source Android software with F-Droid

If you're looking for truly open-source software for the Android platform, you don't have to do a ton of searching or check through licenses from within the Google Play Store. All you have to do is download a simple tool called F-Droid. With this tool, you can download and install apps (from quite a large listing) as easily as you can from the Google Play Store. You won't, however, find F-Droid in the Google Play Store. Instead, you have to download the .apk file and install it manually. Once it's installed, the rest is just a matter of searching for an app and tapping to install. Read more