Algomusic has announced that the Java Music Specification Language (JMSL) is now available. JSML is a new Java-based development tool for experiments in algorithmic music composition, live performance, and intelligent instrument design. JMSL is the evolutionary successor to the Hierarchical Music Specification Language (HMSL).
Java is a language that offers computer music composers object oriented support, extensive auxiliary APIs for networking, graphics etc., and the ability to run on multiple platforms including web browsers. JMSL extends Java with classes for hierarchical scheduling of composition objects, sequence generators, distribution functions and other music related tools. A composer can create stand-alone JMSL applications or deploy JMSL applets on the web.
JMSL is available for download from the Algomusic.com site, and is being released in two versions: JMSL Lite, which is free, and JMSL Composer costing $45 for students, $90 for nonstudents.