Morphological Notation
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Mophological Notation is a system of interactive computer-music descriptive notation that links pictographic representations to the system of spectromorphologies suggested by Dennis Smalley. The Morphological Notation (MN) uses these morphologies and adds a z-plane to the well-established time-vs-pitch schema. Ideally, MN will not only represent the sound data of the moment, but also will be […]

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Future Shock: FURT: Complexity and The End of Technology

The October 2009 issue of Point of Departure has Kevin’s take on the electroacoustic improvising duet of FURT , A.K.A. Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer. In this column Kevin explores dealing with complexity and the impossibility of silence. You have to be engaged to listen to complex music. Otherwise, you may be prone to think […]

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Future Shock: Structural Aspects of Computer Music Improvisation

This column is about the structural implications of improvising with listening instruments, or real time processors that are designed by one musician to interact with another. The specific example I explore is the work of Joel Ryan in the context of his duet with Evan Parker and the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble whose new release […]

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Future Shock: STEIM, 40 years of Innovation

The 40 year anniversary of STEIM and the contribution Michel Waisvisz. In the ever expanding root structure of improvised musics, the rhizome of jazz still tethers a tight circle of sprouts, buds seemingly more like each other with each generation. This self similar, fractal like expansion, however, from time to time creates mutants – even […]

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