Last year I developed a short composition based on the Fibonacci numbers in which various accompaniments were generated algorithmically, you can listen to it here.
This semester, I am working with Prof. Curtis Bahn in a much greater capacity, and will be hopefully be developing this idea into the composition that I have always wanted it to be.
I am taking an Independent Study with Bahn in "Algorithmic Music Composition Theory", as well as one of his classes, "Advanced Computer Music". I will be working on the same project for both courses, but in much different capacities. My project proposal is below, and can be found here in pdf format.
To build a more complex composition based upon my previous "Fibbass" sketch by looking at many aspects in greater detail.
- Study the history/theory of computer-aided music and algorithmic compositions (Independent Study)
- Study the work done in the intersection of musical composition and mathematical structures
- Using myself as a case study, utilize this knowledge to build upon my compositional ideas
- Develop theories and a plan for a more complex composition based my previous "Fibbass" sketch
- Actually implement this composition on the computer (Advanced Computer Music)
- Utilize the computer to generate various alternatives to rapidly build the composition
- Develop/utilize more complex timbres and sound effects
- Document all work in a comprehensive paper
Listed above there are two major categories, each of which I hope to spend equal time on throughout the course of the semester. The first focuses on the history and theory behind the composition, while the second focuses more on the composition itself and the implementation of the piece.