Date: 30 Apr 2015
Speaker: Marinos Koutsomichalis
The long lasting relationship between music and algorithms has been formalised in the latter part of the 20th century and through the development of specialised programming languages. While the first generation of such systems has been rather focused in how to remediate existent musical paradigms, it nevertheless set the grounds for a more profound re-interpretation and re-evaluation of the fundamentals of music to follow. The subsequent computerisation of society led to our era where most aspects of contemporary culture are either computer-driven or dependent on computer-specific paradigms. Accordingly, specialised and music/audio-centric programming languages in conjunction with advances in contemporary media theory caused an all-inclusive exploration of music in both technical and æsthetical respects and, more, impelled new and ground-breaking compositional paradigms.
In that vein, this lecture attempts a brief overview of the most important programming languages—both historical and contemporary—that are relevant to music composition and to audio synthesis. It further discusses the most prominent algorithms and compositional methodologies that are found in such a context. More importantly, it scrutinises how we propelled from what was intended to be an interface to existent musical ideas all the way to the era where computer code largely affects and determines the æsthetics of electronic/electroacoustic music and sound-art for their greatest part—both within academies and within the broader experimental music scene, as well as several popular music genres (albeit to a lesser extend).
The event will be held at The Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton.