Exploring Moment-form in Generative Music

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2016, SMC 2016, Hamburg, Germany (2016)

ISBN:

978-3-00-053700-4

URL:

http://quintetnet.hfmt-hamburg.de/SMC2016/

Abstract:

Generative art is art created through the use of a system. A unique and distinguishing characteristic of generative artworks is that they change with each run of the system; in the case of generative music, a musical composition that re-explores itself, continually producing alternative versions. An open problem in generative music is largescale structure: how can generative systems avoid creating music that meanders aimlessly, yet doesn’t require strict architectural forms into which it is forced inside? Moments  is a generative installation that explores Moment- form, a term Stockhausen coined to describe (his) music that avoids directed narrative curves. Through the use of musebots – independent musical agents – that utilise a parameterBot  to generate an overall template of “moments”, the agents communicate their intentions and coordinate conditions for collaborative machine composition.

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