Sound and music in networked media

Magnusson, Thor (2018) Sound and music in networked media. In: Bull, Michael (ed.) Routledge Companion to Sound Studies. Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions . Routledge. ISBN 1138854255 (Accepted)

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This chapter explores the web as a platform for a compositional approach that renders musical work non-linear, participatory, generative, and unfinished. The chapter will review the history and context of generative music dissemination in the form of distributable computational systems, and elucidate how the web serves the mentioned compositional ideas. Coinciding developments in musical scores and technology are highlighted and framed as the basis on which much contemporary work stands. After contextualizing computer-based generative music as a narrative that extends over five decades of academic research and development, it introduces a few selected projects and expounds the heterogeneous nature of generative systems. The article discusses the musicology of generative music, arguing that musicologists, critics and reviewers have to engage with the natural score format of generative music, namely the code itself.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Generative Music, Algorithmic Music, Code, Programming, Notation, Musicology
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music
Depositing User: Thor Magnusson
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 12:11
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2018 15:57
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Sonic Writing: Technologies of Musical Expression, Notation and EncodingG1769AHRC-ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCILAH/N00194X/1