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date: 17 August 2019

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The chapter considers algorithmic music as the ‘sonification’ of algorithms, a term coined by Carla Scaletti to describe the mapping of numerically represented relations in some domain to relations in an acoustic domain. The chapter looks at the range of ways this concept has been used by the author in composing her works. The chapter identifies isomorphic relationships between algorithms and collaboration, music, and performance, and extends the boundary of the computer to include systems of people and sound. The definition of music and performance is extended to include process, rules, machines, and execution. Examples discussed include performing a bubble sort, pandemic performances (using principles of complex adaptive systems), Mandelbrot music, and M.T.Brain/Telebrain, which send complex algorithmic instructions to multiple performers in real time.

Keywords: sonification of algorithms. adaptive systems, Mandelbrot music, instructing performers

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