SCAMP

Spliced Composing Aid (Multi-Part)

This tool is designed specifically for composing seven-part peals of Spliced Surprise Major. Given a skeleton composition (i.e. the lead-end orders and calling), it enables rapid checking of which methods can be found to fit the composition. The software runs under Windows 95 or later, and can be downloaded from here. In addition, several .dll files are needed. If you are missing any, try downloading and unzipping redist70.zip. If available, the MicroSiril method libraries D8, S8 and T8 will be loaded, so that named methods can be included. These can be found at www.ringsoft.co.uk.

The starting point is a list of lead-head groups and bobs in a file, (one per line) which should be created in a text editor. For Norman Smith's 23-spliced, the file will look like this:

B-
F 
L 
M  
M  
F- 
F  
F  
J 
G 
B  
C-
F  
B  
F-
F- 
B  
B  
D 
E 
D 
B  
B-
Now we're ready to start finding methods to fit. Here is a partial screen-shot of where Norman might have got to, part-way through putting the composition together:

To get to this position first load the file we created above (press the Load button). This should cause the lead-heads of the first part to be listed. We are now ready to try various methods. Type a method name in the box that says 'Glasgow S'. This should be as it appears in the library (initial upper case, the rest lower case, with no spaces), followed by a space, then 'S', 'D' or 'TB'. As you type the last letter, the place-notation should appear. If this has the correct lead-head order for the current lead and is not false against any lead head or lead end in the composition, that lead in the composition turns blue. If it would then be false against any of the existing methods, they turn red. A text description also appears in the box at bottom left.

To accept this method in the composition, press OK. Any leads against which it is false will be removed, after confirmation. Then move onto another lead (click the arrow buttons to change the lead number), and try another method.

If you have run out of methods to try, click on Next. This will attempt to find a method that fits. The check boxes below give restrictions on the methods to try. Having found one, pressing Next again tries another. If no method fits, the place notation window goes blank, and pressing Next again restarts the search. Increase the Max falseness to find a method that is false against only one other lead, etc. In this case, the Different button starts the search from a point where the last falseness occurs, to prevent a whole string of methods with the same falseness. Press Clear to begin the next search at the beginning.

To see what the line looks like, use the radio buttons to change the View between Composition and Method. When Method is chosen, the right-hand window switches to show two blue lines - the upper one for the currently chosen method, the lower one for the one being tried (for some reason this doesn't appear to work under NT).

The peal can be saved in three formats:



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Last updated 16 December 2005