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Computational Thinking in Music Composition

Computational Thinking Seminar
Michael Edwards (Music, ACE, University of Edinburgh)

Despite the still-prevalent but essentially nineteenth century perception of the creative artist, an algorithmic approach to music composition has been in evidence in western classical music for at least one thousand years. The history of algorithmic composition--from both before and after the invention of the digital computer--will be presented along with musical examples of the distant and recent past. The author's own work will then be placed in this context, focussing upon recent compositions for instruments and computer created with custom software developed in Common Lisp.

Following the talk, there will be an informal reception of wine and nibbles in the Cafe area outside G.03 to promote discussion and interaction. You are very welcome to attend this. Feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone you think will be interested. More information about this series, including how to sign up to get future announcements, can be found at

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 25 March, 2009 - 16:00
60 minutes