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Saturday, May 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Generative Systems for Freeform Music FULL

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Generative techniques are being embraced throughout contemporary electronic music, whether through chaotic modulation of analog synths, or randomization options in digital sequencers. Deliberate unpredictability can be a powerful tool for creating complex sound design or musical themes and variations. In this workshop, we consider various generative strategies, from chance-based composition to the proliferation of game-like music apps, with an emphasis on the musical model of Patter, Adam Florin’s generative device.

Taking inspiration from research in musicology, perception, and behavioral modeling, Patter proposes a model for studying and generating music which enables complex yet intuitive arrangements. Participants get hands-on with a simple generative Max patch, which will be immediately usable for this beginner group. Throughout, we discuss the effectiveness and desirability of various methods as we challenge ourselves to invent new ones. Be prepared to make music by accident!

A laptop computer with Max 7 installed (trial version acceptable) and any hard or soft synth to drive with it are required to participate.

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Talent
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Adam Florin

Adam Florin is a creative technologist exploring languages and computer systems for storytelling and expression. He is the creator of Patter, a real-time/freeform generative music system for Ableton Live. By day he produces data visualizations for Scientific American, Facebook, and many others at Pitch Interactive. He also advises the online magazine Triple Canopy, and has built creative software tools for e-flux, MoMA, Cycling '74, and two... Read More →

Program Themes
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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →



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