My research centers on music that is indeterminate with respect to its performance. In other words, music that varies dramatically with each performance, despite having consistent starting conditions (i.e. notation, rules for improvisation, etc.). Music by composers like Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, and Earle Brown.
The topics covered in my blog often dovetail with my research interests.
In this article, I use statistical methods to describe recurring tendencies in the music of the composer John Cage, whose works are often regarded as "random."
I also created software that allows you to generate random and customized performances of the piece discussed in the article. You can download it here.
- Simple Additive Synth
Simple additive tone generator, up to 16 partials. Mostly useful as a pedagogical tool.
- Simple AM Tone Generator
A simple implementation of amplitude modulation to generate tones, with depth control.
- Simple FM Tone Generator
Frequency modulation tone generator, after the [simpleFM~] object in Max/MSP.
- Download the JSFX plug-in as a text file (Save Link As... or copy to a new text file).
- Open Reaper.
- In the main menu, select Options -> Show REAPER resource path in explorer/finder...
- Move the plug-in text file into the Effects folder.
Or visit me on GitHub!
Click here to download my collection of Max abstractions (da.abstractions). Unzip and move to your patches folder, or another location recognized through the File Preferences.