A collection of samples and descriptions from my old algorithmic composition software follows. These bits of procedural music were the seeds that inspired my larger quest into the realm of procedural content generation with respect to other fields.
Keep in mind that a computer wrote 100% of each and every MIDI score for these pieces!
Sample 16 March 2010
A surprisingly stylistic sample with a distinctively Irish feel. Based off of old plugins and old settings, this sample demonstrates the continued ability of even the older plugins to produce creative and surprising material. Known casually as "An Irish Algorithm" (as it was introduced to the audience of my thesis presentation).
Sample 15 March 2010
Experimentation with a new technique called fractal grammar led to this piece. Bowed provides the background strings, while an experimental fractal grammar plugin provides three separate melodies on different parts. The fractal grammar method allows for both contextual and internal coherence, as demonstrated by the lead flute.
Sample 14 December 2009
An interesting, albeit more abstract than usual sample generated with four instances of the new Entropic Root melody plugin. The plugin really isn't designed to be able to provide all types of parts. Still, I find the variability and flexibility of the plugin quite astounding.
Sample 13 December 2009
This strangely "happy" sample displays the abilities of the new Entropic Root plugin. Four instances of Entropic Root combined into one piano part make an interesting song. Surprisingly, this is the first composition by the program that has a "happy" feel to it.
Sample 12 December 2009
Showcasing the new and improved Fraccut v2, this sample develops a nice motif on the piano and then highlights it with a tasteful oboe harmony. Fraccut v2 wrote two piano parts and one oboe part for the piece. This is an excellent composition, especially once the oboe comes in! CrystalNet structure, as usual, with ChillZone Pianist strings.
Sample 11 November 2009
Experimentation with Spirit, a new generative module, led to this calming piece. Spirit plays the pizzicato cellos while ChillZone Pianist lays down the background pad. Note that Spirit is the first lead plugin with true polyphony (this sample contains only two tracks, one of each plugin, so the double notes are generated by a single instance of Spirit).
Sample 10 September 2009
A solo oboe opens this gentle piece. It doesn't get interesting until the lush strings come in behind the oboe. A second oboe then joins with a touching harmony. Melodies provided by Fraccut and structure by CrystalNet. For about twenty seconds near the middle of the pieces, this composition swept me away to another world.
Sample 9 September 2009
Relaxing piece showcasing two Fraccut modules, one on a soft synth and the on oboe. Structure by CrystalNet.
Sample 8 August 2009
A beautiful flute/cello piece that shows off the abilities of a second-generation Fraccut engine. Motifs are detectable throughout the piece. ChillZone Pianist, as usual, provides the background strings. An excellent composition of which I am quite proud!
Sample 7 August 2009
Another showcase of the initial version of Fraccut. Not too much different from Sample 6, but still worth mentioning. Same configuration as Sample 6 but different patches used for rendering.
Sample 6 August 2009
Debut sample of Fraccut. Two Fraccut modules provide cellos and ChillZone Pianist provides the background strings. This beautiful piece really grew on me over time. Very unique compared to previous piece. My favorite part is around 1:36-1:45.
Sample 5 July 2009
Showcasing EvoSpeak on the looped arpeggiation and a much-improved GGrewve on the drums. Smooth fills and appropriate style switching can be heard in the drum track. Very nice performance from GGrewve. Also improved core module functionality makes the whole piece more dynamic that previous ones.
Sample 4 June 2009
An early version of the drum plugin GGrewve provides the drum track. EvoSpeak provides background arpeggiation and ChillZone Pianist provides chords.
Sample 3 April 2009
Demonstrates the power of the Conscious Model plugin. Contour Arp provides some background, along with a typical ChillZone Pianist loadout. A very unique piece and one of the earliest and most unexpected examples of motif development.