Järveläinen, Hanna

2001

Algorithmic Musical Composition

Online article

URL: http://www.tml.tkk.fi/Studies/Tik-111.080/2000/papers/hanna/alco.pdf

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Cellular Automata Genetic Art Grammar Stochastic Music Algorithmic Music

Abstract:

In this article, the author offers an overview of the common techniques of algorithmic composition, including stochastic processes, Markov chains, cellular automata, control flow algorithms, formal grammars, fractals and genetic algorithms. He also highlights what he sees as a difficulty inherent in algorithmic composition: if a composition is a creative piece of work, who then is responsible for the creativity in algorithmic music, the algorithm itself or the maker of it?