Newcomb, Robert Spalding


Music in the Air: A theoretical model and software system for music analysis and composition

Organised Sound: Vol. 3, no. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 3-16.


Language(s): English


Cognitive Science Architecture Analysis Structure, Musical [Str]


This article documents (i) a theory of music that attempts to assimilate the infinite and subtle interconnectedness of the human experience into a single symbolic structure, and (ii) the application of this theory to the extension of an emerging genre - the environmentally interactive computer music system - designed for eventual use by people not necessarily aware of the underlying technical and aesthetic principles at work, but fully appreciative of the profound personal benefits to be found embedded therein. It focuses almost exclusively on the theoretical and aesthetic issues that have driven the software development.