Algorithms as scores: coding live music

Thor Magnusson

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The author discusses live coding as a new path in the evolution of the musical score. Live-coding practice accentu- ates the score, and whilst it is the perfect vehicle for the performance of algorithmic music it also transforms the compositional process itself into a live event. As a continuation of 20th-century artistic develop- ments of the musical score, live-coding systems often embrace graphical elements and language syntaxes foreign to standard programming lan- guages. The author presents live coding as a highly technologized artistic practice, shedding light on how non-linearity, play and generativity will become promi- nent in future creative media productions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalLeonardo Music Journal
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2011

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