"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
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