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'Text-to-Music', 'Text to Music', 'Text to Song', 'Text to Melody' or even 'Words to Music' (they all refer to the same thing) is a fast and powerful technique used in the WOTJA (wotja.com) generative music system.

Wotja Text to Music (TTM) takes the text or words that you input and then uses it to generate a 'melodic seed' (melody) that you can use in a song or other musical work.

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This parameter-adjustable melody can be considered to be 'imbued with meaning' as it originates from your text or words!

It is that direct linkage that makes Wotja Text to Music a key aspect of Reflective Music.

How to use 'Text to Music' (TTM) in Wotja

'Text to Music' (TTM) in Wotja is really easy to us and you can get some gorgeous melodies, too!

To try it for free, get and install one of the free Wotja apps for iOS, macOS, Windows & Android.

Simple Steps

See the animation above. There is of course a lot more you can do, too, this is just about how to get going!

  1. Create a New Empty Mix i.e. Documents Screen > Mixes > Add New > Cut-up Text (Empty Mix).
  2. Open the mix, and if not already on Music Mode, tap on the Music Mode tab to get to it.
  3. Tap on the right side panel where it says 'Tap here to browse Templates' and from the Templates list then select any of the templates in the 'TTM 1 Players' or 'TTM 1 Players 2' paks and tap 'Load' to add it to the mix.
    • Once you have done that you will see the Generator Network panel showing one Cell containing one Generator (shown in dark green, the colour of a TTM Generator).
  4. Tap on the 'Text to Music' Group in the right hand panel if you want see or edit any of the TTM parameters for this Generator.
    • The template you have added uses randomly generated 'cut-up' text, the characters of which are then used by the TTM generator to generate a seed melody. This melody, depending on the settings of the various 'Text to Music' parameters (see below), can repeat forever or to play a certain number of times and then mutate.
  5. Tap the Create button in the Text Mode if you want to generate another cut-up to be used for another melody.
    • Tip: If you want to add your own text, either do it in Text Mode > Text Edit screen. Or, tap the 'Cut-up Rule' parameter then select Custom and tap the 'TTM text' field where you can add your text.
  6. Add other things to the mix as you want! Experiment away!
    • There is a ton of stuff you can do in Wotja, see Get Started - Fast!

The Text to Music parameters in Wotja

Generator - Text to Music (TTM)

Overview

'Text to Music' Generators are new Generator Type in V20. Text to Music Generators have their own special set of parameters and allow text in any language to generate a seed melody which, even though not visible, is in a Pattern syntax. Use English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, French - whatever language takes your fancy, you will always get a melody!

Parameter Group - Text to Music (TTM)

Cut-Up Rule

The selection you make here determines what text is used for TTM. If you select one of the Cut-up options then text from your mix Cut-up will be displayed in the TTM Text field below and will overwrite any existing Custom text. Note that if there is no text available in a selected line of Cut-up then the TTM Generator will have no text to work with.

  • Custom: Uses text that you enter in the TTM Text field.
    • See the TTM Editor for details on how to do this.
  • Cut-Up: Line#=Track# (Default): This setting is very powerful when it comes to mixes that feature TTM. It means you can harness the power of the Cut-up Editor to quickly generate text that can be used to populate the TTM for multiple Generators - all at once! It is easiest to understand by example: if you have this setting and are using a TTM Generator in say Track 1 then it will use line 1 of text in your mix Cut-Up. If you had a TTM Generator in Track 3 it would use line 3 of your mix cut-up, and so on.
  • Cut-up: All Lines: Uses the text in all lines in your Cut-up for the purposes of TTM
  • Cut-Up: Line# 1-11: Uses the text from Line# 1 to Line# 11 (as selected) of your Cut-up for the purposes of TTM. You can set up TTM generators all to use the same line if you want!

TTM Text

This is the text in any language used to generate your TTM seed melody. In general it takes 2 characters to generate a note. Note that if your text is < 6 characters (e.g. Hello, which is 5 characters), we turn it into HelloHello ... which makes it sufficiently long to make at least 3 notes (that actually generates a few more). In Wotja, tap on this field to go to the TTM Text Editor screen.

Display?

The Display? toggle determines if your TTM text will display in Fullscreen mode.

If this is toggled ON, and IF in Display Mode you have selected Text > Show Text from TTM Generators then the TTM Text above will display on screen when in Full Screen or in Display Mode. If it is OFF, then it will not display.

Repeats

The total number of times the original melody or a variation of it is played. This also applies to improvised melodies (see Improvise toggle).

Repeat Range

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Sets the range above the minimum. Also applies to improvised melodies (see Improvise toggle).

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Tune Start at Index

From the notes composed, set the first note you want your tune to start playing at. Maximum value is Notes - 1.

Tune Length Override

From the notes composed, set how many notes will play. Maximum value is Notes - Tune Start at Index.

Phrase Length

Music

Defines the minimum number of notes there are in a 'phrase' (and you can see in the indicator above how many notes your text has generated - all of these notes get put into phrases to make the 'tune').

Phrase Length Range

Sets the range above the minimum.

Gaps

Defines the minimum number of rests between each phrase (allows a tune to breathe). Rests are measured in terms of 16th notes.

Gaps Range

Sets the range above the minimum.

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Interval

Defines the minimum number of rests between each play of the tune (allows a tune to breathe). Rests are measured in terms of 16th notes.

Interval Range

Sets the range above the minimum.

Improvise after Tune

Turn this on to let Wotja continuously generate tune variations after the FIRST complete play (and repeats) of the tune. When this is on, Wotja can 'noodle' for ever (well, until you turn it off or the Sleep Timer kicks in, if set!).

Tip: If you have this set to ON and Variation (below) set to 0, then the TTM melody will continue to repeat for ever.

Variation

Selects how much variation is applied to the previous melody when improvising.

A text block can be almost any piece of text: a note to the conductor, a page of dialogue, performance instructions, or an extra verse of lyrics, for example. You can place block text, in any font and size, anywhere in the score.

Text blocks created in Scroll View and text blocks created in Page View are behave differently. Finale assigns a text block to a measure if you are in Scroll View when the text block is created. To create a page-assigned text block, you must be in Page View.

Adding and editing text in a document

  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Double-click the document window where you want to place text. The editing frame appears, with a flashing cursor to indicate the insertion point.

    A single dashed line indicates that the frame will expand vertically and /or horizontally as you type.

  3. Type the text directly into the score without dragging to create a frame. Press RETURN to start a new line. The frame expands horizontally and vertically to accommodate the text you enter.
  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Double-click the document window, and drag to create a rectangle to accommodate your text. An editing frame of the size you create appears, with a flashing cursor to indicate the insertion point. The placement of the insertion point—left, center, or right—depends on the Justification option(s) selected in the Text menu.

    A double dashed line indicates that the frame is a fixed size; it will not expand as you type.

  3. Enter the text you want displayed. The words wrap when you reach the side of the frame.

    The placement of the text within the frame—left, center, or right—depends on the Justification option(s) selected in the Text menu.

  4. To resize the frame to accommodate additional text, drag the side of the frame to the desired size.
  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Double-click a text block handle. The editing frame appears around the text.
  3. Click within the selected text block to edit the text. The insertion point appears where you click.
  4. To change the character of text block settings, select some text and use the commands in the Text menu.
  5. Choose Text > Frame Attributes and change the Alignment and Positioning options to adjust the positioning of the text block.

Finale doesn't retain the tabs or character formatting if you import text from another word processor, but the text itself will transfer.

  1. In your word processor, select the text. Choose Edit > Copy (or press COMMAND+C).
  2. Open your Finale document.
  3. Choose where to paste the text:
    • To paste the text as lyrics, choose the Lyrics tool so the Lyrics window appears, then press COMMAND+V. The lyrics currently on the clipboard appear in the Lyrics window.
    • To paste the text into a text block, click the text block for editing and press COMMAND+V.
  1. Choose the Text tool .
  2. Select a text block handle or drag-enclose to select a group of handles and press DELETE.
  1. Choose Document > Document Options and select Fonts. The Document Options - Fonts dialog box appears.
  2. From the Textpopup menu, select Text Block and click the corresponding Set Font button. The Font dialog box appears, in which you can select the font you want to use for your text blocks.
  3. Click OK twice to return to your document. Any new text you create with the Text tool will use the font you selected.

Attaching text blocks to pages or measures

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  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Click a text block handle and choose Text > Frame Attributes. Or, SHIFT+double-click a text block handle. The Frame Attributes dialog box appears.
  3. Under Attach to, select Page.
  4. Select an item from the popup menu.
    • Choose Single Page to show the text block on one page only.
    • Choose All Pages to show it on every page.
    • Choose Left Pages or Right Pages to show it on left or right pages only.
  5. Set the page range:
    • Enter the numbers of the pages where the text block will appear.
    • To show the text block on a single page, enter the page number in the first page text box.
    • To display the text block through the end of the piece, enter zero in the second text box, or leave the text box empty.
  6. Use the other settings to adjust the text block’s position in the score and click OK to return to the document.
  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Click a text block handle and choose Text > Frame Attributes. Or, SHIFT+double-click a text block handle. The Frame Attributes dialog box appears.
  3. Under Attach To, select Measure and type the measure number where you want the text block assigned in the text box.
  4. From the Staffpopup menu, choose the name of the staff you want associated with the measure-assigned text block. Finale aligns and positions the text block in relation to this staff.
  5. Use the other settings to adjust the text block’s position in the score and click OK to return to the document.

Resizing and positioning text blocks

If a standard frame is set for a text block (Text > Standard Frame is selected), you can resize the text block on-screen by dragging its frame. If you’re using a custom frame for a text block (Text > Custom Frame), see To resize a custom frame below.

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  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Double-click a text block handle. The editing frame appears around the text.
  3. Drag any side of the frame to stretch the shape.

As in previous versions, custom shapes may be used for more than one text block in the score. If the shape is used elsewhere, changing the shape for one text block will change all occurrences of the shape in the score.

  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Click a text block handle, then choose Text > Custom Frame. The Custom Frame dialog box appears.
  3. Click Select.
    • If a shape was already selected for the custom frame, the Shape Designer appears.
    • If no shape was selected, click Create in the Shape Selection dialog box.
  4. Resize the shape in the Shape Designer.
  5. Click OK or Select until you return to the Custom Frame dialog box, where you can see how the text flows into the selected shape.
  6. When the text flows into the frame the way you want it to, click OK to return to the document.
  1. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  2. Drag one or more text block’s handle to adjust its placement in the score.
  1. If you're not already in Scroll View, choose View > Scroll View.
  2. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  3. Click a measure-assigned text block handle, then choose Text > Frame Attributes. Or, SHIFT+double-click a measure-assigned text block handle. The Frame Attributes dialog box appears.
  4. Under Alignment and Positioning, set the positioning:
    • Enter a value in the H text box for the distance to position the text block horizontally from the upper-left of the staff associated with the measure. A larger value moves text to the right; a smaller value to the left.
    • Enter a value in the V text box for the distance to position the text block vertically from the upper-left of the staff associated with the measure. A larger value moves text down; a smaller value up.
  5. Click OK to confirm your settings and return to the document.

When you change the horizontal or vertical page alignment, Finale clears any manual positioning that was done in the score, and resets the H: or V: settings, respectively, to the new position.

  1. If you're not already in Page View, choose View > Page View.
  2. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  3. Click a text block handle, then choose Text > Frame Attributes. Or, SHIFT+double-click a text block handle. The Frame Attributes dialog box appears.
  4. Use the Alignment and Positioning settings to position the text block.
    • From the Horizontalpopup menu, choose Left to place the text block on the left edge or margin of the page; choose Center to center it between the left and right edges or margins; or choose Right to align it on the right edge or margin.
    • From the Verticalpopup menu, choose Top (Header) to place the text block on the top edge or margin of the page; choose Center to center it between the top and bottom edges or margins; or choose Bottom (Footer) to align it on the bottom edge or margin.
    • From the Position Frompopup menu, choose Page Margin to have Finale calculate the text block’s position starting from the page margin; or choose Page Edge to have Finale measure the text block’s position starting from the edge of the page.
    • Enter values into the H and V text boxes for the distance to position the text block horizontally and vertically on the page, respectively.

    The Horizontal, Vertical, and Position from options in the Alignment and Positioning group box are only available when you select Attach to: Page. When Attach To: Measure is selected, these options are not available, because a text block assigned to a measure only appears on the page containing that measure.

  5. Click OK to confirm your settings and return to the document.

If you’re using running headers or footers in your score, you might want to position a text block in the header or footer near the “outside” edges or margins (the left or right edges, respectively) of each left-facing (even-numbered) or right-facing (odd-numbered) page, as opposed to always positioning the text block in the same place on every page. This is easily done using special positioning settings for right-facing pages in the Frame Attributes dialog box; follow the steps outlined here.

  1. If you're not already in Page View, choose View > Page View.
  2. Choose the Text tool . The Text menu appears.
  3. Click a page-assigned text block handle, then choose Text > Frame Attributes. Or, SHIFT+double-click a page-assigned text block handle. The Frame Attributes dialog box appears.
  4. Use the Alignment and Positioning settings to position the text block on every page in the selected page range. See To position page-assigned text blocks (Frame Attributes dialog box), above.
  5. Under Right Page Alignment and Positioning, select Use Right Page Positioning.
  6. Use the following settings to place the text block differently on right-facing (odd-numbered) pages:
    • From the Horizontalpopup menu, choose Left to place the text block on the left edge or margin of the right-facing page; choose Center to center it between the left and right edges or margins; or choose Right to align it on the right edge or margin.

      Finale resets the H setting to zero so that the left, right, or center of the text block is aligned horizontally with the page edge or margin.

    • Enter values into the H and V text boxes to position the text block horizontally and vertically on right-facing pages, respectively.
  7. Click OK to confirm your settings and return to the document.

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