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DE LA WARR FLOAT INSTALLATION
The CD-ROM version of Float contains over 90 original Koan pieces of an ambient nature, and the SSEYO Koan Web Platinum software (KoanMusic player), plus 13 audio recordings of selected pieces. Each Koan piece in Float has been specially written to take advantage of the palette of sounds available in one or more of the following top PC soundsystems:
The way for this type of musical process, known as 'generative music', has been opened up by the use of computer processing to interpret musical rules specified by the artist.
The inspiration for these pieces derive from a variety of sources. I have used dice and coins to provide indeterminate numbers for pre-determined rules, I-Ching (The Chinese Book of Changes) Consultations/strategy cards and even a drawing by a blind friend on graph paper.
I found my 'non-involvement' in chance operations to create music in this way, not only sympathetic to the nature of generative composition, but also a way of breaking through the techniques of motif, rhythm and arrangement. Simply leaving me the question "is this a good piece of music?"
Of course, the composer is living on a tight rope, there is no rehearsal, only the reality of the output of the process. The generative composer is no longer concerned with certainties, but is looking to design systems which can constantly evolve, unlocking the form."
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, UK.
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