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Advice from Lou Harrison (as told to Virgil Thompson.) td Wed Nov 28 21:00:43 2007
Simply compose one short piece a day. It must be a complete composition each day. It is like 'kindling' - one day along will come a more important idea that will require extensive work - the flame is thus lit & away you go! It is important, he says to keep regular appointments with the muse - if she doesn't arrive then it's not your fault, at least You are there!
algo-comp td Mon Jan 1 11:23:07 2007
The algo-comp mailing list is devoted to algorithmic composition. Not a lot of volume, but with a bunch of good people subscribing the general quality of discourse is fairly high.
Pictures of Stories td Mon Jan 1 11:23:07 2007
Anti-Math Story plot notation presents itself as a way of pictorially representing stories. But really it's a taxonomy of plot outlines. It's a little bit wacky and half-finished, but might be good for brainstorming opera libretti and such.
Autobusk td Mon Jan 1 11:23:14 2007
Clarence Barlow's Autobusk is a freeware Atari ST program for real-time probabalistic generation of MIDI events. Clarence is working on a Linux port, and in any case, he includes a pointer to a Windows ST emulator.
Bol: rhythm-oriented composition software td Mon Jan 1 11:23:21 2007
Here's a paper about Bol, a computer system for Macintosh by Bernard Bel for composition and analysis, with emphasis on polyrhythms.
Boolean Networks for the Generation of Rhythmic Structure td Mon Jan 1 11:23:21 2007
Here's a system for composing MIDI sequences, describe in a paper by Alin Dorin, that uses Boolean networks (something like cellular automata) to generate rhythmic structure. Has a colorful user interface, and runs on Macintosh.
Boomer Bag td Mon Jan 1 11:23:17 2007
Boomer Bag is a web repository of rhythmic and harmonic fragments. You can listen to the contributions, rate them and submit your own.
Chaotic Generation of Variations td Mon Jan 1 11:23:19 2007
Here's a paper (PDF) about using a chaotic algorithm to automatically generate musical variations.
Chaotic Oscillators td Mon Jan 1 11:23:21 2007
Richard Dobson and John Fitch have written a paper about their experiments with chaotic oscillators.
CMIX td Mon Jan 1 11:23:22 2007
CMIX is a fairly useful package of routines for editing, processing, and creating soundfiles. It also includes a library of routines designed to make it easier to write C programs to manipulate soundfiles. Paul Lansky wrote the first version and uses it for most of his compositions.
David Cope td Mon Jan 1 11:23:12 2007
David Cope is a composer and faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, known widely for his Experiments in Musical Intelligence, computer programs that can analyze a corpus of music, identify signature features of the corpus and generate new music exhibiting the same signatures. The effect of digesting a composer's style and producing new works mimicking that style can be eerie. While the programs don't produce masterworks, even making middling Mozart pastiches is a good trick. But Cope's real advance is a better understanding of where style comes from, a first step to effing the ineffible.
Grapefruit td Mon Jan 1 11:23:17 2007
Yoko Ono's book Grapefruit, a collection of Fluxus-style instructions for music and art, has been reissued after 30 years out of print.
Tim's Music Idea td Mon Jan 1 11:23:23 2007
Tim thinks I should make a piece about the sounds that telephones make when they ring.