Designing an orrery of the universe: the creation of new chamber music through algorithmic composition

Yee, A 2010, Designing an orrery of the universe: the creation of new chamber music through algorithmic composition, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Hallelu_et_hashem_min_hashamayim_FS.mp3 Flute Solo (2007) Audio 21:04 Minutes audio/mpeg 18.04MB
Hallelu_et_hashem_min_hashmayim_PT.mp3 Piano Trio (2007) Audio 08:07 Minutes audio/mpeg 5.80MB
Yee.pdf Thesis application/pdf 2.52MB
hallelu_et_hasheim_min_hashamayim.pdf Musical notation for a trio of pianos application/pdf 18.74MB
hallelu_et_hasheim_min_hashamayim_fs.pdf Musical notation for a flute solo application/pdf 12.17MB
Title Designing an orrery of the universe: the creation of new chamber music through algorithmic composition
Author(s) Yee, A
Year 2010
Abstract The main focus of my research has been to investigate a number of ways to extend my practice as a composer. In response to a detailed analysis of the technical means and aesthetic intentions of my music during the decade preceding this research (a music fundamentally derived from Hebrew language and grammatical structures), together with consideration of broader cultural trends in 20th century musical modernism, I have designed a detailed process for creating ambitious musical works. This process has been explored in the composition of two chamber music projects - a flute solo and a piano trio - both of which are documented as musical scores and audio recordings. Computer technology is utilized at a number of key points: the melodic life of the projects is characterized by the development of themes through the agency of six discrete transformational algorithms, all of which can be applied simultaneously and independently controlled. This aspect of the process was achieved using IRCAM’s software Openmusic and a rhythmic search engine of my own design. The success of these projects is considered against the principles that informed their creation and through expert peer responses and critical reception. The exegesis concludes with a detailed list of possible future directions for musical composition, some of which extend and refine the role of algorithms, and some that propose diametrically opposed strategies that respond to some probable limits of algorithmic composition I have identified through this research.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) musical composition
algorithmic composition
computer assisted composition
Openmusic (IRCAM software)
chamber music
parametric design
Hebrew language
musical modernism
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