[cnfractal_music] Re: What are we talking about?
- In response to Ray, copied below...
I agree with all of this... particularly the "reap continuous surprises".
My fondest memory of writing my first CD was finding the sequence that
eventually ended up as "Terra Nova"... I wasn't really paying that much
attention, just mucking about killing time, hit "Play" and heard this (I
think) beautiful melody leaping out at me. I've never moved my mouse to the
"File/Save As" option quicker!!!
Also, I agree with the 'pitfalls' thing, although even with generative stuff
there's still a tendency to select parameters that are going to produce
something that is familiar, and hence the traps still exist. Although on
the other side of the coin I also think far more 'brainstorming' is done
because it's completely impossible to start out with a piece in mind and end
up with it. Every track I've done has started out as aiming for a certain
ideal, and ending up as something totally different. Which is why I love it
so much and now wouldn't consider writing music in a conventional sense
again - because the element of surprise and 'discovery' isn't on a par.
Although having been in a couple of bands and composed in trad. ways there
are other wonderful benefits from collaborations etc. and I'm not knocking
that. Recently I've been lucky in that I'm now working with traditional
musicians on 'hybrid' material. I love it but it's very much a challenge
and much more difficult than doing something purely trad. or purely
generative as often the two 'sounds' clash when put together.
The phrase I use to describe the 'generative' process when asked is - "If
you consider my music as a 'baby', I didn't conceive it, I'm more the
'midwife'. But also perhaps an 'adoptive parent' as I'm responsible in some
ways for bringing it into the world". That echoes your idea of something
having a life of its own, I think. I've been fortunate enough to have had a
few media interviews about my tracks but find it very difficult to comment
on them sometimes... I just feel like saying "why ask me... listen to the
tracks and let them speak for themselves". Odd for their 'creator' to
say... but it really feels like they're their own entities. Or perhaps
that's me falling foul of a pretentious load of old psycho-babble... ha!
> ... I agree some terms can be misused.
> I tend to like the term "Organic Music". It gives the feeling
> of something that has a life of its own which is an important
> aspect that first drew me to generative and fractal techniques.
> Sometimes I have the feeling that I am
> collaborating with other musicians as I invoke computer
> algorithms (and I like the experience). It reminds me of playing
> in a music group where I had no direct control over each note
> other musicians played, but from our mutual conversations we
> exchanged ideas of the type of sound we were all aiming for.
> I gladly give up complete control over every individual note in
> compositions to reap continous surprises that I may have never
> thought of on my own. In this way I believe the experience
> expands my understanding of what music can be and avoid the
> pitfalls of attemtping to emulate what music currently is or has
> been in the past. We are pioneers.