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Generative Music Partially Explained

Through my searches on the web I came across this nicely put together interactive web app. It’s a concise explanation of what are just a few of the fundamentals behind generative music. It also includes a little back history of how people like Steve Reich, John Cage and Brian Eno used generative techniques.

^ Starting page of the interactive web app

What lead me to finding the app is my research into generative music as a way of helping create musical inspiration for my compositions. One of the difficult things about making music without extensive musical training (which is the case for me) is that improvisation cannot be relied on as a tool to flesh out musical ideas. What might start as a nice melodic, rhythmic or harmonic progression can quickly stagnate and settle into being as it was originally thought of - or at least not far off.
I find this to especially be the case in electronic music because of the additional, extensive and addictive factor of composing the actual timbral quality of the synthesizer or drum sound. This often shifts attention away from the musicality - in classical terms - and can often turn into a strategy to gloss over the fact that the original melody or harmonic progression is actually quite boring.

So to help myself get around this I figured generative music could be useful tool. Not necessarrily to generate all the music at any one time, but more to spit back at me combinations of notes or progressions that might unlock some inspiration to help solve whatever melodic, harmonic or rhythmic problem I’m having.

I hope you also find it useful or interesting.


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