Re: algorithmic music

Subject: Re: algorithmic music
Date: Fri Oct 01 2004 - 13:43:04 EDT

Algorithmic composition flowers from deep roots in the long-standing,
Faustian dream of Western civilization to rationalize nature and understand
everything. Thus it appears prophetically in early European music (c 14th
century) and in European scientific or naturalistic speculation (Francis
Bacon prophesied many electroacoustic music techniques). Mozart's "musical
dice game" is a relatively late and trivial offshoot of this trajectory.
However, this stream of thought flowed underground, surfacing only
sporadically, until the mid twentieth century. At that time, Viennese
serialism mated with the first thinking towards computer music -- only a
few years after university departments first gained access to computers! --
in the mind of Hiller to give birth to his first experimental compositions.
But note that Hiller soon collaborated with John Cage, coming from a a
completely different compositional basis, on HPSCHD. Other foundational
names are Xenakis, Koenig, and Cope. I would say that the very different
compositional bases or presuppositions of Hiller, Cage, Xenakis, and Cope
conclusively demonstrate the pan-stylistic potential of algorithmic
composition, which is very far from being systematically explored even

Original Message:
From: Greg Eustace
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 12:54:15 -0400
Subject: Re: algorithmic music

So, who are the godfathers/mothers of algorithmic composition?

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