[NetBehaviour] Cellular automata in generative electronic music and sonic art: a historical and technical review .

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Cellular automata in generative electronic music and sonic art: a 
historical and technical review .

Authors: Dave Burraston, Ernest Edmondsa

This paper will review electronic music and sonic art applications of 
Cellular automata (CA) in a historical and technical context. 
Algorithmic and computational processes have been of interest to artists 
for many years, creating an emerging culture of generative electronic 
art. Creating patterns and sequences is necessary for the creative 
artist working spatially and temporally within a chosen medium. CA are 
capable of a wide variety of emergent behaviours and represent an 
important generative tool for the artist.

The sonic artist and musician must be prepared to investigate the 
theoretical background of CA in order to successfully employ their vast 
behaviour space within compositional strategy. There is an extensive 
amount of mathematical and scientific literature relating to CA, however 
much of this is esoteric or difficult to understand. Important and 
accessible CA concepts are presented concisely in a non mathematical 
context to give sufficient background for the review.

There have been several approaches at applying CA in the production of 
electronic music and sonic art. Examples exist in the fields of overall 
structural composition, MIDI sequencing and sound synthesis/modification 
techniques. Applications from academic, independent and commercial 
sectors will be critically reviewed in an artistic, historical and 
technical context. This will provide the artist and scientist with a 
balanced view of this emerging field.

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