Global Dynamics Approach to Generative Music Experiments with One Dimensional Cellular Automata

Australasian Computer Music Association
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 2004 Australasian Computer Music Conference, 2004, pp. 29 - 38
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One Dimensional Cellular Automata (CA) offer the use of emergent computation and behaviours as compositional aids to the generative music process. Global dynamics and rule clustering are important concepts in CA research, and CA music research to date has not addressed these topics. Global dynamics and rule clusters offer a new perspective of CA based on the topology of attractor basins. A methodological approach is described as a foundation for future experimentation. Reflective practice techniques will be used as experimental method. Evaluation of results will be judged against recognised criteria. A one dimensional CA is chosen for a foundation experiment in generative music production and visualisations of this will be presented. This work will give CA based generative music a significant shift of context and awareness for the generative artist.
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