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Compos-o-matic

2007


keywords (in alphabetical order): DSP; audio; authorship; avant garde; borrowed intelligence; interactivity; media; music; networking; non-random; web art

A web art piece which gathers text from RSS feeds and converts the ASCII characters found into musical pitches would certainly qualify as augmented reality. However, in the larger scheme, this experiment failed in the way it set up a relationship between the intelligently organized text and chaotic output of the musical composition software. In Compos-o-matic (2007; figure 2.5), information was gathered from multiple feeds and thus from multiple authors, with multiple unrelated contexts. No singular organizing scheme came through. Imagine if single notes (and rests) were selected from various compositions and strung together at random. The resulting music would not reflect what each note was leading towards. This is a peculiar relationship, where the individual notes are somewhat arbitrary out of context, but are essential building blocks in creating a context. Calculation is not precisely mathematics. But this much, may be a matter of devout faith.


* discussed in the book Behavioral Art
* discussed in paper published in Parson's Journal of Information Mapping (PJIM).


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