I've been thinking of the concept for my final major project a lot the last few days. And how it will be perceived by the general audience. There are two essential pillars to my idea. The infinite and fluctus which means wave.
The infinite is expressed through the near limitless combination of generative compositional states. A compositional state, is a concept that I'm testing. Its purpose is to describe a musical environment, which can be encapsulated within a few words. For example, a piece of music may sound busy and harmonically exciting. These characteristics describe the state in which the music is in. My idea is to create 24 of these compositional states. A state will be able to transition between 8 other states. This form creates a near limitless amount of different combination of compositional states. Each state will also have an element of randomness to it, which means the amount of variation in the installation is infinite.
The next layer of the concept is waves. I was inspired by a Michael Pierce lecture that I've linked below. In the talk Pierce talks about Heraclitus' two many concepts, eternal flux and eternal logos. Without going into much detail, things are constantly in flux, but there are governing by rules which is the logos. This is a central idea in my pieces, the music never repeats itself exactly, but the music is governed by a set of rules.
On a less philosophical level, the wave aspect is also connect to the medium. Sound and light are the two elements that will change from state to state. In physics both sound and colour are waves.
Through my thoughts I've been able to summaries the project as a :
Generative audio/visual installation with near limitless combination of compositional states.
I'm becoming aware that I need to start conceptualising the different compositional states, so I'll post some material on that in the near future.
written by Jack Cleary
At the moment in time I am working on my Final Major Project for university. The project is a generative audio/visual installation, which uses brightness and colour as a compositional tool. Both the audio and visual can be described as bright and dark. Both the colour wheel and circle of fifths have a bright and a dark side. This idea was inspired by Adam Neely's video "Why is major "Happy" (Link to Video). I intend on using brightness, colour and sound to create moods. Colour will symbolise emotions, such as blue being sadness/depression etc. Sound will act to support the visual. The generative processes will be realised through PureData, which will control the audio visual.
John Cage is an influential figure in Avant-Guard composition. Chance Operation is a defining feature of his music. His work has influence many artists and me personally. In my first year at Brighton University on the Digital Music & Sound Art course I created the composition "Magnetic Soundscape". In the composition I use chance operation to determine what actions to take.
In my latest work for my final major project I use the same idea of chance. But instead this time I use PureData (a node based coding software) to randomly generate MIDI data. This data is then sent to Ableton, triggering notes and control values.