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Interesting use of computers and music


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The Laptop Orchestra is new, but after number crunching, music

was one of the first other applications for which computers were

used. Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson composed Iliac Suite for string quartet

in 1956, and computer music has been going strong since. The programming

language Max-MSP has been around since the late 60s I think. I don't

know anything about the Chuck language that the Stanford group is

using, but it must be similar. You can download a demo

Cycling74.com and play with it if you have a decent sound card.

It is a high-powered programming language with a neat graphical

interface. If you go through the very good tutorials, you can make

minimal algorithmic compositions or interactive music pieces.

 

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I saw a performance similar to this only with desktops. It sounded more like being a DJ in terms of manipulating sounds already produced, and then fusing something new. Very cool if done right, but different from anything I've ever heard.

 

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