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lecture: (In)discrete Music

(mis)adventures in generative art

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In which we experiment with generative music, based on chaotic systems and cellular automata. Continuous sounds will be made using discrete systems, and discrete sounds will be made using continuous systems.


Discrete systems like one-dimensional cellular automata have been sonified as discrete MIDI notes, but will also be turned into continuous drones through abuse of the short-time Fourier transform via SciPy's signal processing library. This will be also be applied to chaotic bifuracting systems such as the Gauss Map. The annoying complications of sonifying continuous chaotic systems like the Lorenz and Chua attractors properly through analog electronics or the SuperCollider and Csound software will be compared to the annoying effectiveness of doing it badly by expressing them as discrete MIDI notes.