The Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music

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Alex McLean, Roger T. Dean
Oxford University Press, Jan 18, 2018 - Music - 648 pages
With the ongoing development of algorithmic composition programs and communities of practice expanding, algorithmic music faces a turning point. Joining dozens of emerging and established scholars alongside leading practitioners in the field, chapters in this Handbook both describe the state of algorithmic composition and also set the agenda for critical research on and analysis of algorithmic music. Organized into four sections, chapters explore the music's history, utility, community, politics, and potential for mass consumption. Contributors address such issues as the role of algorithms as co-performers, live coding practices, and discussions of the algorithmic culture as it currently exists and what it can potentially contribute society, education, and ecommerce. Chapters engage particularly with post-human perspectives - what new musics are now being found through algorithmic means which humans could not otherwise have made - and, in reciprocation, how algorithmic music is being assimilated back into human culture and what meanings it subsequently takes. Blending technical, artistic, cultural, and scientific viewpoints, this Handbook positions algorithmic music making as an essentially human activity.
 

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Contents

Algorithmic Music and the Philosophy of Time
Embodying Algorithms and the Extended
Origins of Algorithmic Thinking in Music
Algorithmic Thinking and Central Javanese Gamelan
Thoughts on Composing with Algorithms
Diversifying and Expanding the Live Coding
Deautomatization of Breakfast Perceptions
Compositions Created with Constraint Programming
Network Music and the Algorithmic Ensemble
Sonification Music
Case Studies in Transcoding Visual
Designing Interfaces for Musical Algorithms
Ecooperatic Music Game Theory
Algorithmic Spatialization
Form Chaos and the Nuance of Beauty
Perspective on Practice

Linking Sonic Aesthetics with Mathematical Theories
The Machine Learning Algorithm as Creative Musical Tool
Biologically Inspired and AgentBased Algorithms for Music
Performing with Patterns of Time
Computational Creativity and Live Algorithms
Tensions and Techniques in Live Coding Performance
When Algorithms Meet Machines
Performing Algorithms
Thoughts on an Algorithmic Practice
The Audience Reception of Algorithmic Music
Technology Creativity and the Social in Algorithmic Music
Algorithms and Computation in Music Education
Towards a Tactical Media
Algorithmic Music for Mass Consumption and Universal
Algorithmic Trajectories
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Alex McLean is Post-Doctoral Researcher in Deutsches Museum on the PENELOPE project, co-founder of the TOPLAP live coding and Algorave algorithmic dance music movements, and co-initator of the International Conference on Live Coding, International Conference on Live Interfaces, and the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement. Roger T. Dean is Professor of Sonic Communication at the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, and is also a composer, improvisor, and researcher. He founded and directs the ensemble austraLYSIS and is the author of several books on computer and algorithmic music.

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