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Algorithmic Music Composition With Linux, Part 1

Jun 02, 2010, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"Dave leads a guided tour of three Linux software packages designed for making music by the numbers.

"Over the next few weeks my articles will focus on software systems designed with special consideration for music composition by the use of algorithms. Wiktionary defines an algorithm as "... a precise step-by-step plan for a computational procedure that begins with an input value and yields an output value in a finite number of steps". By that definition algorithmic music composition is the process of using such procedures to generate values for the pitches, dynamics, rhythm, instrumentation, and other formal aspects of the composition.

"The packages I'll describe are systems that bind together a set of tools that typically include a language component, some form of graphic I/O, and a compiler for a broad variety of output targets."

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