An Emerging Paradigm
0. About Open Works again.
- open form - aleatory
- open interpretation
- intended audience; The Role of the Reader
Class of compositions and various performances of the same (strictly
notated) work: a matter of degree.
- G. M. Koenig - Segmente
- Lejaren Hiller - Algorithms IV
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1. The new paradigm. A summary of the present trends and guesses
about the future.
A. World view (WHAT).
Possible historygrams; present understanding of the structure of matter
and of the history of the universe.
- Increase in entropy
- Dissipative structures (Prigogine) - the emergence of life
- Randomness/Uncertainty as part of reality
- Non-causality at the atomic level
- Break down of "normal" logic at the particle level. Counter-intuitive
- Complexity and its role
- Complex dynamic systems
- Points of view: relativity, time, simultaneity as fiction
- The scale of things: 10^-19 for nucleus to 10^33 cm for cosmic
- Amazingly, there seems to be logic underneath it all (group structure
in quarks, elegance/simplicity of a formula)
- The anthropic principle
B. Tools/craft (HOW). The use of computers an answer to the
complexity of the task. Mathematics - the language of the abstract. The
computer as a collaborator to deal with:
Needed: programmers; knowledge of psychoacoustics, mathematics; imagination;
creativity (a composer...).
- sound synthesis
C. The Composer (WHO). The Principal Investigator in a team. No
longer a dominant personality injecting his/her subjectiveness. Attitude:
The composer seen/behaving more and more like a scientist.
- speculative - Brun, Hamman, Koenig, Xenakis, etc. Composing the sounds
in Sawdust; self-referencing
- experimental - Hiller, etc. Investigate using unfamiliar (new) tools.
D. The Work - Product (WHICH). Innovators and plagiators, they both
are still creating objects. Challenging the idea of an
- Manifold compositions
- composition classes
- idiomatic for computer use
- open works
- Sonification of complex scientific data
- what it is
- mapping between the two domains
- composers needed - a new role
- where is the originality ?
- is it music ?
E. Audience (TO WHOM). An intellectual elite appreciates both art
music and sonification. New, emerging means to disseminate original
works: the Internet.
Music in your living room specially composed (manifold variants) for your
entertainment center. Social aspect: is this the new salon ?
- PostScript files = scores
- sound files = the music
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