[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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