Composing with Process: Generative and Systems Music

florian hecker

Generative music is a term used to describe music which has been composed using a set of rules or system. This series of six episodes explores generative approaches (including algorithmic, systems-based, formalised and procedural) to composition and performance primarily in the context of experimental technologies and music practices of the latter part of the 20th Century and examines the use of determinacy and indeterminacy in music and how these relate to issues around control, automation and artistic intention.

Composing with Process is a series of six episodes, written and edited by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore, which explores generative approaches (including algorithmic, systems-based, formalised and procedural) to composition and performance primarily in the context of experimental technologies and music practices of the latter part of the 20th Century.

Each episode of Composing with Process: Perspectives on Generative and Systems Music is followed by a accompaniment programme of exclusive music by some of the leading sound artists and composers working in generative music.

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Continue

16.08.2010 (76′ 08”)

Curated by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore. Narrated by Connie Treanor

‘Continue’ investigates how music can be generated using a wide range of techniques. These range from very simple procedural systems, such as Mika Vainio’s ‘Twin Bleebs’ which features two repeating events going in and out of phase, to David Tudor’s ‘Neural Synthesis No.9’ – a more complex electronic system which explores indeterminacy through the emulation of neural activity. The programme also looks at music which has been composed using formal geometric and mathematical rules, for example: Martin Neukom’s ‘Studie 18′ and Thomas Brinkmann’s ’27 Fibonacci Numbers in a Binary Chain’.

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Exclusives

21.09.2010 (51′ 59”)

Each episode of this series is followed by a accompaniment programme of exclusive music by some of the leading sound artists and composers working in generative music. The first one presents two contrasting generative works by German artist Florian Hecker and Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.

01:37 Florian Hecker ‘Stereo F.A.N.N.’, 2010 (30 min 2 s) 
32:36 Ryoji Ikeda ‘untitled (for John Cage)’, 2005 (19 min 23 s)

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Mark Fell is a Sheffield (UK) based artist and musician. He has performed and exhibited extensively at major international festivals and institutions. In 2000 he was awarded an honorary mention at the prestigious ARS Electronica, and in 2004 was nominated for the Quartz award for research in digital music. He recently completed a major new commission for Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna which premiered at Youniverse, International Biennal of Contemporary Arts, Sevilla. He is currently working on a research project at the University of York UK funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council looking at independent practices in radical computer musics. www.markfell.com

Joe Gilmore is an artist and graphic designer based in Leeds (UK). His work has been exhibited at various digital art festivals and galleries. His recorded works have been published internationally on several record labels including: 12k/Line (New York), Entr’acte (London), Cut (Zürich), Fällt (Belfast) and Leonardo Music Journal (San Francisco). Joe is currently a part-time lecturer in the department of Graphic Design at Leeds College of Art & Design. He is also a a founder of rand()%, an Internet radio station which streamed generative music.  http://joe.qubik.com