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Event Number 2235

  Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
Algorithmic music composition - Philosophy, methods, implications, and possible applications
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Dave Smith, UW Space Science and Engineering Center
Abstract: Most modern music composition methods are based on the music of previous successful artists, like Mozart, the sonification of complex data sets and mathematical processes, or by combining a large number of manipulation methods and searching for interesting sounds....

My approach is drawn more from cognitive science - determining what types of coherence we can recognize, and presenting these as structure, content and boundaries. One advantage of this approach is that the resultant music can be well defined in both cognitive and aesthetic domains....

In the larger (non-musical) view, by looking at these methods as mechanisms for coping with chaotic and complex phenomena, we end up with a rough map of consciousness which brings surprising questions about our knowledge and educational systems.... For example: How do "what we like" and "what we know" interact?... How do classification systems compete with non-discrete phenomena?

And some groovy music!
Host: Clint Sprott
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