Emerging composition: Being and becoming an experiment in progress

Sever Tipei

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Abstract

Emerging Composition: Being and Becoming envisions a work in continuous transformation, never reaching an equilibrium, a complex dynamic system whose components permanently fluctuate and adjust to global changes. The process never produces a definitive version, but provides at any arbitrary point in time a plausible variant of the work - a transitory being. Directed Graphs are used to represent the structural levels of a composition (vertices) and the relationships between them (edges); parent-children and ancestor-descendant type connections describe well potential hierarchies in a piece of music. By determining adjacencies and degrees of vertices and introducing weights for edges, one can define affinities and dependencies in the complex and flexible structure that is a musical composition. Ways in which the all-incidence matrix of a graph with weighted edges can evolve are discussed including the use for that purpose of elements of Information Theory. The Emerging Composition model is closer to the way composers actually write music and refine their output; it also creates the equivalent of a live organism, growing, developing, and transforming itself over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSMC 2016 - 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Proceedings
EditorsRolf Grossmann, Georg Hajdu
PublisherZentrum fur Mikrotonale Musik und Multimediale Komposition (ZM4), Hochschule fur Musik und Theater
Pages463-468
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783000537004
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2016 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Aug 31 2019Sep 3 2019

Publication series

NameSMC 2016 - 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Proceedings

Conference

Conference13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2016
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period8/31/199/3/19

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology

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Tipei, S. (2019). Emerging composition: Being and becoming an experiment in progress. In R. Grossmann, & G. Hajdu (Eds.), SMC 2016 - 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Proceedings (pp. 463-468). (SMC 2016 - 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Proceedings). Zentrum fur Mikrotonale Musik und Multimediale Komposition (ZM4), Hochschule fur Musik und Theater.