Re: <nettime> algorithms for dance

Scott deLahunta (
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 09:15:16 +0200

I posted something about 'algorithms for dance' (similar to recent post to
dance-tech) to nettime and received following response:

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>Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 13:57:19 -0500 (CDT)
>From: "Joseph S. Zitt" <>
>To: Scott deLahunta <>
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>Subject: Re: <nettime> algorithms for dance
>Quite interesting! Algorithms (whether or not they were called that) have
>been widely used in music composition since (at least) the 1960s. [Come to
>think of it, a group of us spent an all-nighter in the Rutgers computer
>center some 20 years ago working on cracking the algoritmm for Bach's
>"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring".]
>You might look at the writings at compositions of Phillip Corner, Daniel
>Goode, Barbara Benary, Steve Reich, Charles Wuorinen, Pauline Oliveros
>(especially her book "Software for People", available from
><>) and others.
>Most of the work that I compose for the ensemble Comma
><> is made up of objects or modules, with
>materials and structures for performance. We frequently mix and match
>these in improvisations, creating new works as we go along. (For example,
>in a performance last Saturday at the Ruthless Grip Arts Project in
>Washington DC, two of us found ourselves performing "Threads and Facets"
>while the third improvised in a way not previous named above it.)
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