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November 21, 2005

Dots And Lines


Online Sound Composition: What's Become of the Score?

The online Dots And Lines exhibition uses the networked space of the web to interrogate the subjects of the score, notation and visual data as core elements in the process of composition.

A great deal of sound art work using new technologies uses programming environments and algorithmic systems to generate compositions. Generative sound approaches have allowed musicians and programmers to develop new interpretations of duration and construction. The evolving processes and surfaces made possible by algorithmic sound softwares form new concepts of both the composer and the score. The primacy of the composer is often obscured in favour of a symbiotic relationship between the musician and the software. In this context, what has become of the score?

-Can a score be said to exist within a software driven music environments?
-Are the visual interfaces examples of a new scoring system?
-Is the code used to programme generative sound software the new score?


Laura Baxter & Simon Yuill (UK) - PET_00 (2004)

As with many of the selections in Dots & Lines, PET_00 is a visual music system, which allows users to compose new pieces of music. Users are confronted with a simple set of visual objects which can be moved around in order to stimulate musical compositions...

boredomresearch (UK) -Springtails (2002)

Springtails is a colony of 'electronic insects' that react when touched by a user's cursor. As they catapult around their environment, the insects strike chimes, and in effect, compose an incidental sound piece...

Alessandro Capozzo (Italy) -Ad Libitum (2004)

This project is an online sound environment which uses a series of visual patterns - dots and lines - to represent, or notate, an automated music composition.

Joe Gilmore & Tom Betts (UK) - rand()% (2003)

rand()% is an automated net.radio station streaming generative music created by audio artists, musicians and software programmers. The name is taken from the code of the computer language C++.

rechord (UK) - Cubop (2002)

Cubop is both instrument and composition environment, allowing users to construct music from sounds recorded from rare instruments, including the world's only electric kora, a delicate-sounding African lute.

rigasZieds (Latvia) - daarzs (2002)

Daarzs presents us with a highly original visual notation system. These animated visual and sonic works appear like fusions of science diagrams and artistic doodles.

Stanza (UK) - genomixer RNA (2003)

RNA is part of a larger series of online works, which also include junker , geno , genomixer , and mutator . These works enable online visitors to intermix or breed their own works, using visual and sonic interpretations of DNA sequences.

tinhoko (Austria) - rhapsody (2005)

Part interactive story, part audiovisual tool, Rhapsody is a new work created for Dots & Lines by Austrian artist, Tinhiko. In this work the artist presents us with the concept of non-linear story telling as the score.

U-Sun (UK/Australia) - Segment Yield (2002)

Segment Yield is comprised entirely of microscopic particles which manifest visually and sonically. These particles follow the movement of the user's cursor creating patterns of dotted lines. The simplicity of the visual system belies its metaphoric dimensions.

Posted by jo at November 21, 2005 04:05 PM