Peter Marchant on stage with many keyboards

Peter Marchant

Welcome to

I studied Computing Science at Staffordshire University where for my final year project I developed a J2ME application to write musical scores and generate midi files. I then did the Keyboards course at Nexus (a Christian music school in Coventry) where I learned Jazz / Blues / Latin / Gospel, playing in a band and how to treat theory, listening and techniques as things that all work together in performance.

This website contains various software projects I am working on in my free time including Interval Recognition / ear training for Android and J2ME, music drawing / midi file viewer for Android and J2ME and a web based guitar chord drawing tool.

I can’t really say that they are completely finished because I tend to get new ideas for features faster than I can implement them – as someone once said “If it ain’t broke – it hasn’t got enough features yet…”

I welcome any comments / suggestions / feature requests / bug reports for any of my projects.

Christmas tree with IP Address - syncs with audio and MIDI

In 2013 I thought it was about time I got a Raspberry Pi and decided a good project would be to give my Christmas tree an IP address. The first use was a simple Android app to turn the lights on and off. The next logical step was to react to sound. It seemed a shame not to modify my MIDI editor app so now the Christmas lights sync to MIDI files.