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RE: artificial life?
> does anyone out there know of anybody using sound as a major component in
> 'artificial life' organisms? it's not my field at all so i may not be using
> the correct language to describe what i'm wondering, but has anyone heard
> of anything like that? i've been curious about it for a while and thought
> this might be a good place to ask.
Gotta tute my own horn here... I've been using artificial life concepts for
the majority of my computer music since 1998. That year I developed a
software synthesis application which utilizes the Genetic Algorithm to
breed modular synthesis patches, where the application user acts as the
fitness function. For a few examples of my work, you can check out my
personal web page at
http://www.darwinarts.com/~wayne/ (follow the art>Electronic Music links)
or my long-neglected MP3.com page:
Also, several of the tracks on my 'do' contribution to the Fallt
invalidObjects compilation used this technique.
More recently, Kim Cascone's "Pi compilation" proposal inspired me to write
some code which explored the idea of artificial life in sound even more
directly. I built a granular synthesis environment where individual
granular elements existed as "artificially live entities" which could breed
with each other and pass characteristics (such as frequency, grain
duration, predatory preferences, volume) on to their offspring. I can only
describe the results of this experiment as "audible population
dynamics"...often boring, but with occasional fascinating emergent timbres
and micro dramas. Over a few months, I created three obnoxiously long
compositions with this software before setting it aside. I'd be happy to
mail you copies or provide you with web links if you're interested.
Right now, I'm trying to rewrite the genetic algorithm synth for easier use
as a live performance tool and hope to be done in 3-4 months.
Thanks for asking the question. The AL approach to composition absolutely
-Wayne (aka Later Days)
S. Wayne Jackson "Only those who attempt the absurd
wayne@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx will achieve the impossible. I
<www.darwinarts.com/~wayne/> think it's in my basement... let
<www.mp3.com/laterdays> me go upstairs and check."
(831)338-6320 ~M.C. Escher