Interacting with generative music through live coding

Brown, Andrew R. & Sorensen, Andrew C. (2009) Interacting with generative music through live coding. Contemporary Music Review, 28(1), pp. 17-29.

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All music performances are generative to the extent that the actions of performers produce musical sounds, but in this article we focus on performative interaction with generative music in a more compositional sense. In particular we discuss how live coding of music involve the building and management of generative processes. We suggest that the human interaction with generative processes that occurs in live coding provides a unique perspective on the generative music landscape, especially significant is the way in which generative algorithms are represented in code to best afford interaction and modification during performance. We also discuss the features of generative processes that make them more or less suitable for live coding performances. We situate live coding practice within historical and theoretical contexts and ground the discussion with regular reference to our experiences performing in the live coding duo aa-cell.

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ID Code: 20321
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: music, generative, live coding, performance, computer
DOI: 10.1080/07494460802663991
ISSN: 0749-4467
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 05 May 2009 00:07
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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