Aesthetic Considerations in Algorithmic and Generative Composition

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Models of chance operations, random equations, stochastic processes, and chaos systems have inspired composers as historical as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As these models advance and new processes are discovered or defined, composers continue to find new inspirations for musical composition. Yet, the relative artistic merits of some of these works are limited. This paper explores the application of extra-musical processes to the sonic arts and proposes aesthetic considerations from the point of view of the artist. The scope of the discussion is limited primarily to music composition based on mathematical models. Musical examples demonstrate possibilities for working successfully with algorithmic and generative processes in sound, from formal decisions to synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChaos Theory: Modeling, Simulation and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from the 3rd Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference (CHAOS2010) , Chania, Crete, Greece , 1 – 4 June 2010
EditorsChristos H Skiadas, Ioannis Dimotkalis, Charilaos Skiadas
PublisherWorld Scientific
ISBN (Electronic)9789814460477
ISBN (Print)9789814350334
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference, CHAOS 2010 - Chania, Crete, Greece
Duration: Jun 1 2010Jun 4 2010


Conference3rd Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference, CHAOS 2010
CityChania, Crete


  • Aesthetics
  • Algorithmic and generative composition
  • Chaos systems
  • Random and stochastic processes
  • Sound synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation


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