The new book, Chaos Theory: Modeling, Simulation and Applications, has recently been published. In it is “Aesthetic considerations in algorithmic and generative composition,” which I wrote for the 3rd Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference (CHAOS2010).
Models of chance operations, random equations, stochastic processes, and chaos systems have inspired composers as historical as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As these models advance and new processes are discovered or defined, composers continue to find new inspirations for musical composition. Yet, the relative artistic merits of some of these works are limited. This paper explores the application of extra-musical process to the sonic arts and proposes aesthetic considerations from the point of view of the artist. Musical examples demonstrate possibilities for working successfully with algorithmic and generative processes in sound, from formal decisions to synthesis.
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