Miranda, E. R. Evolving Cellular Automata Music: From Sound Synthesis to Composition. Proceedings of the Workshop on Artificial Life Models for Musical Applications - ECAL 2001, September 2001 Prague University of Economics

Sony CSL authors: Eduardo Miranda

Abstract

This paper focuses on issues concerning musical composition practices whereby the emergent behaviour of cellular automata is used to model generatvie processes for synthesised sound and musical forms. We introduce two cellular automata-based systems, Chaosynth and CAMUS, that we have designed for our investigation, and discuss their performance and role in the composition of a number of professional pieces of music. Chaosynth is a granular synthesis system whose parameters are controlled by a variant of a cellular automaton that has beem used to model Belousov-Zhabotinskii chemical reactions. CAMUS is a composition system that takes advantage of the pattern propagation properties of cellular automata in order to generate musical forms.

Keywords: artificial life, evolutionary music, computer music, composition

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@INPROCEEDINGS { miranda:01f, AUTHOR="Miranda, E. R.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the Workshop on Artificial Life Models for Musical Applications - ECAL 2001", MONTH="September", ORGANIZATION="Prague University of Economics", TITLE="Evolving Cellular Automata Music: From Sound Synthesis to Composition", YEAR="2001", }