Keyword(s):Generative Music , Algorithmic Music , Multimedia
This paper gives a personal perspective on the application and relevance of generative processes to art production. This view is that of a computer programmer, rather than that of a user of computer programs written (or hardware constructed) by others. The programmer is in the unique position of being able to describe and manipulate abstract processes which may be used as a unique means of artistic expression. This gives a greater amount of freedom to the programmer/artist than is the case when he or she is limited by programmed procedures defined by others. It focuses on the Center for Electronic Media Art (CEMA) in Melbourne, Australia.