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OM compositions requested

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Dear OpenMusic users,

This spring I will teach a university course on computer-aided
composition and am planning to use OpenMusic, among other software.

Although OpenMusic has a large number of tutorials, I am hoping to acquire
some “real world” examples of OpenMusic patches and the resulting music.

My course will include study of how to use the following techniques in
composition: set manipulations, spectral analysis, stochastics,
iterative algorithms, transition networks, neural nets, genetic
algorithms, chaos and self-similarity functions, grammars, artificial
intelligence, constraints, etc.

If you have completed work using OpenMusic to realize a composition using
one of these techniques or another algorithmic procedure, I would
greatly appreciate if you would be willing to send materials regarding
your piece to me for my students to study as part of the class.

Materials we would want include:
1. Brief explanation of your ideas and techniques for this piece
2. OpenMusic file(s) that were used to create or manipulate material (one,
some, or all used for the composition)
3. Explanation of how the OpenMusic file(s) contributed to the piece
4. Any sketch material that relates the the output from OpenMusic
5. Finished score of the piece
6. Recording of the piece

In return for your contribution, I will send you all analytical
materials created by the students about your work.  If they are of
sufficient quality, I will encourage students to submit their analyses
for publication or presentation at conferences (CMJ, ICMC, NIME, etc.)

Please send files to me at this email address, via an upload service
such as Dropbox, or post somewhere else where I may download them.

If you have any questions or suggestions about my plans, please be in touch.

Thank you much for your consideration,

Doug Geers

PS: I also welcome any suggestions from you of journal articles,
websites, books, etc., that treat these issues and could be useful for
my students.

January 24, 2013 at 09:58 #3614
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Dear Doug,


You have two volumes on this topic :




January 24, 2013 at 12:31 #3628
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Doug, I use OM quite a bit in my composing – happy to support this notion, but I do not see your email address in your post.

Robert Scott Thompson

February 12, 2013 at 19:00 #3916
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Jonathan JACOBS

Hello Doug,

do you have any deadlines?


February 13, 2013 at 14:58 #3923
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Dear Jonathan and all,

My deadline for this semester’s course is April 15. ¬†However I will likely teach this class again in a year, and so responses after then could still be used.

Thanks much,


February 28, 2013 at 05:47 #4067

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