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Too Many Notes: Computers, Complexity and Culture in Voyager

Too Many Notes: Computers, Complexity and Culture in Voyager The author discusses his computer music composition, Voyager, which employs a computer-driven, interactive & “virtual improvising orchestra” that analyzes an improvisor's performance in real time, generating both complex responses to the musician's playing and independent behavior arising from the program's own internal processes. The author contends that notions about the nature and function of music are embedded in the structure of software-based music systems and that interactions with these systems tend to reveal characteristics of the community of thought and culture that produced them. Thus, Voyager is considered as a kind of computer music-making embodying African-American aesthetics and musical practices. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leonardo Music Journal MIT Press

Too Many Notes: Computers, Complexity and Culture in Voyager

Leonardo Music Journal , Volume December 2000 (10) – Dec 1, 2000

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2000 ISAST
Subject
Ways & Means
ISSN
0961-1215
eISSN
1531-4812
DOI
10.1162/096112100570585
Publisher site
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Abstract

The author discusses his computer music composition, Voyager, which employs a computer-driven, interactive & “virtual improvising orchestra” that analyzes an improvisor's performance in real time, generating both complex responses to the musician's playing and independent behavior arising from the program's own internal processes. The author contends that notions about the nature and function of music are embedded in the structure of software-based music systems and that interactions with these systems tend to reveal characteristics of the community of thought and culture that produced them. Thus, Voyager is considered as a kind of computer music-making embodying African-American aesthetics and musical practices.

Journal

Leonardo Music JournalMIT Press

Published: Dec 1, 2000

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