Based on my previous project for Generative landscape, I created a more complex music score generator. I researched further on the history of graphical notation, and the various experiments of contemporary musicians that suggest new perspective on sound representation in modern music.
Brief explanation on graphical scores:
Traditional classical music is restricted to use the globally accepted musical notation. The performer has to be fluent and apt to this language in order to successfully perform the music as the composer intended. The fascinating part about graphical score is that it no longer constrains the ability of notation as a representation of a particular pitch, rhythm and instrument.Many contemporary musicians therefore do not bind themselves from composing and writing music in traditional forms. Non-conventional environments provoke more innovative and even radical sounds. The performer has greater power over the piece when specific guidelines no longer exist and intuition and impression step in.
Why does music have to be represented in even-sized ovals, #s, and <s? Why does the other side of the world have to follow European classical restrictions in order to compose and deliver sound that is universal? Does the complex musical language hinder amateurs ,non-professionals, people with disability from learning and exploring music anyhow?
Inspired by this field of graphical notation in music, I decided to produce a generative music score of my own that enables the performer to interact, interpret and respond to the graphical elements presented. Instead of writing my own music I let the computer to improvise music under simple algorithms. The embedded video is an actual performance recorded, courtesy to Sean D. Kim who contributed as a guitar player. No specific guidelines was given about how read the scores. The generated score and the guitar performance were both “improvised”.
I hope this project inspires people to approach reading music differently and to even hear music in a different perspective.
I personally prefer ver.2.
But they both turned out to be good study/sleeping music for me :)
Some of the references I used:
(Cool books that Golan kindly let me borrow):
Karkoschka, Erhard. Das Schriftbild der Neun Musik, 1966
Johnson, Roger. Scores: An Anthology of New Music, 1981
Musical Notation on Wikipedia (Check out the history of musical notation in other cultures!)