CALMUS Mentor is a game-changer in the training and development of composing professionals.

With it's large database of sounds and musical objects for both traditional and digital instruments CALMUS Mentor can be used for educational and research purposes within higher music education institutes.  

There are several ways the software can be used in an educational setting: 

For teaching composition:

Mentor is a workstation for professors, teachers, and students for training, experimental, development, and research purposes. It includes tools for composing basic traditional musical segments with various complexity, texture, structure, atmosphere, and character and can be used for teaching theory, exploring the different compositional methods ranging from old polyphonic styles like canon to the more recent “pointilistic” styles in polyphonic writings. 

For professional composing:

CALMUS includes various tools to modify and transfer individual musical objects using both traditional and contemporary composition tools and methods. See CALMUS Composer for more information.

As input to a cross disciplinary/department workshop/project:

CALMUS can be used to create music in real time and comes with a remote app which can be used to manipulate the composition process in real time. It is ideal to be used in experimenting the boundaries of music and performance and can be incorporated in interactive exhibitions to deepen the experience of the artistic team as well as the audience.


  • Synchronise it with other music softwares
  • Use both traditional and contemporary composition tools and methods in a new way
  • Playback with digital instruments  
  • Export score (MF) into traditional notation
  • A new approach in teaching musical composition using the latest technology
  • Experiment with musical materials according to different styles and diversity
  • Real time composing and performance
  • Real time manipulation of the composition
  • Research composition using new technology and artificial intelligent
  • Shorter study time
  • Less time needed to compose, edit, and record music

CALMUS used in a compositional thesis or research

Research topics:

  • Research in melody construction with cell creation, cell complexity, melodic development, scales, forbidden intervals, etc.
  • Algorithmic evaluation of harmony according to colour, tension, harmonic (overtone) relations, and harmony progression of a composition.
  • Using artificial intelligence to control development and metamorphose in melodic construction.
  • Using algorithmic functions  to control harmonic progression.
  • Chord relations according to frequency relations of harmonics (overtones) of simultaneously sounding tones. 
  • Real time composition process with CALMUS for traditional and electronic instruments.

Thesis topics:    

  • Musical Cells: construction or complexity.
  • Melody: values, development, and metamorphose.  
  • Harmony: tension, colour, polyphony, development, relations (dissonant/consonant).
  • Construction of musical objects, forms, and hierarchy.
  • Real time composition and graphical notation.