Algorithms as scores: coding live music
MAGNUSSON, THOR (2011) Algorithms as scores: coding live music Leonardo Music Journal, 21. pp. 19-23. ISSN 0961-1215
Official URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/LM...
The author discusses live coding as a new path in the evolution of the musical score. Live-coding practice accentu- ates the score, and whilst it is the perfect vehicle for the performance of algorithmic music it also transforms the compositional process itself into a live event. As a continuation of 20th-century artistic develop- ments of the musical score, live-coding systems often embrace graphical elements and language syntaxes foreign to standard programming lan- guages. The author presents live coding as a highly technologized artistic practice, shedding light on how non-linearity, play and generativity will become promi- nent in future creative media productions.
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