Re: algorithms for dance

Richard Povall (
Thu, 16 Apr 1998 14:05:25 -0600

Nick wrote:

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>distinction between algorithmic music and interactive music is rather

Nick, I can't agree with you on this one. I work with both approaches to
building music/sound worlds, and, while I might use algorithms in the
making of interactive work, I think the end result is typically completely
different. For me, the purpose of making interactive environments is that
their outcome (whether that be sonic or visual) is rooted in the body and,
in my current work, in the live act of speaking. I find this utterly
different from the process-based approach of making algorithmic pieces
(although they too can be described as "environments" perhaps less
accurately) - and I certainly find the outcomes of those approaches differs
enormously not just in intent but in actuality.


R i c h a r d P o v a l l
Assoc. Prof of Computer Music and New Media / Chair, TIMARA Dept.
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Oberlin, OH 44074-0332 USA Oberlin Conservatory of Music
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