Re: algorithmic music

Subject: Re: algorithmic music
From: Rob Stone (
Date: Tue Oct 05 2004 - 18:00:44 EDT

try nullpointer, ap, slub - tangerine dream even - Huddersfield media centre has
an interesting bot running, I reckon you could make an extended case to include
Keith Rowe. Sebastian Lexer has done some interesting work with John Tilbury
recently, come to think of that - not sure that he'd call himself an
algorithmicist, though.


Quoting Eliot Handelman <>:

> wrote:
> >Algorithmic composition flowers from deep roots in the long-standing,
> >Faustian dream of Western civilization to rationalize nature and understand
> >everything.
> >
> Ok, but there's an equally long-standing engagement with chaos in western
> culture going back to the greeks and continually present. for xenakis
> chaos undoubtedly
> has the mysterious role of preceding and so enabling creation --
> conisder gendyn here. As far
> as I know, very few people attempt algorithmic composing as a way of
> rationalizing
> composing -- it's almost always the opposite, because one hopes for
> unexpected
> results. The problem of rationaliztion is whether you can create pieces
> on the order of
> Beethoven or Strauss, and I don't mean by recombining sampled music.
> There's probably
> only a few theorists who try this -- consider "melisma," a program by
> temperley. the results
> are wooden.
> My feeling is that rationaliztion could create chaos, which is why I'm
> for it. It's clear that
> computer music will progress only through a ton of analysis, of sound,
> psychoacoustics, perception,
> of music itself, and ultimately the mind. I want musical AI to be a
> reality because I have no
> idea what will come of it.
> -- eliot


Dr. Rob Stone
Visual Cultures
Goldsmiths College
London, SE14 6NW

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