I’ve dedicated this blog primarily to extremely brief discussions, annotated with musical examples, of my research in generative music. It has been for me a fascinating journey, and with often surprisingly good, musical results.
You can also check out this additional Wikipedia link about algorithmic music for more background, but fundamentally … it’s about establishing parameters (rules) that a computer can live with and process. General rules concerning rhythm, pitch, tonality and motivic elements as general framework, and then allowing those algorithms to live with each other, and evolve … often in both interesting and surprising ways. No rendering of these rules is ever exactly the same, but iterations do behave within established rule sets.
An interesting study on one level in release … as I will admit to being a classically trained composer, having studied at Boston University under Joyce Mekeel, and The University of Chicago under Ralph Shapey as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. So not micromanaging every note and nuance is often an exercise is self-restraint.
Many examples presented here are ambient in nature, and those experiments reflect my chosen path since my formal training … which has led me to healing through music, with a personal belief that healing is both needed, and something which can occur at any age.
I look today for ways through which all that I know, all that I feel, and all that I believe can come together in a musical environment that can somehow accommodate change … physically, spiritually and emotionally.