New publication – Chaos Theory: Modeling, Simulation and Applications

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.

Full conference proceedings available here.

For more information on the conference, see here.

About Kerry Hagan

Kerry is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media. She develops real-time methods for spatialization and stochastic algorithms, and studies the aesthetics and history of electronic music. She holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of California, San Diego, where she worked with Roger Reynolds, Chaya Czernowin, Miller Puckette, and F. Richard Moore. She also worked with Marc Battier at the Sorbonne as a Visiting Researcher. Currently, Kerry is a Lecturer at the University of Limerick in the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre (formerly CCMCM). Current research includes real-time stochastic methods for music composition and sound synthesis, spatialization techniques for 3D sounds, and electronic/electroacoustic musicology.