a100ql: a hundred quirky legs - Accelerated composition
August 24, 2013
Accelerated composition

Composing music with algorithms can sometimes result in a lot of music happening in a very short time. You may have spent ages programming a system for a certain purpose, but then you just quickly change a few parameters, assignments and sound sources and it may take you into completely unknown and fascinating musical territory at a speed which you can barely follow.

When this occasionally happens to me, as it did over the past few days, it almost feels like I’m getting ahead of myself: More music happens than I can process and then I need time to actually listen to the recordings and try to understand what they are - especially so in a time like now when I have been much preoccupied with the sometimes absurd reality of living a freelance life.

Below you find a couple of screenshots from recent composition sessions: They all show the MIDI data that was generated and recorded in real time using one of my algorithms, and split up into five channels, each triggering different synthetic percussion sounds. I love how alien they sound to me and will investigate further before I post excerpts, and hope to properly release them at a later point. [EDIT Nov 12, 2013: These tracks have now been released on the album “Kola”.]

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"In strange and uncertain times, such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair. But Hope is unreasonable and Love is greater even than this.

May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the Creative Impulse.” - Robert Fripp

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