Autumn has come

A somewhat mystical take on music creation. As small poems are typed, every word gets a numerological treatment resulting in numbers between 1 and 9 which are then placed at random positions in a 4 bar sequence while the order of words/numbers is maintained. Those numbers are then turned to notes of a musical scale (major, minor-3 or pentatonic) and respective midi signals are sent whereas each line triggers a different instrument (or, in this case, a different piano). The overall velocity is constantly randomized while the length of a note respectively its decay is determined by the length of the word.


As I am a big fan of taking CAD (Computer Aided Design – is that still a thing/word?) rather literally, this has been a surprisingly engaging experiment; seeing how sentences reveal other and unexpected content and I have been finding that – even though my head may be making this up – typing random garbagelg fbghjb rarely results in a pleasant outcome.


The above picture is from a later version where I am working towards ways to retrieve the “composition”, maybe even generate a piece of sheet music.



© all poems: this book, “An Anthology of Traditional Japanese Poetry Competitions – Uta-awase (913-1815)” which I looked up after recording the video because funny sidenote: what I once bought for random pocket change and used to keep my running-across-the-table headphone cable in check is apparently worth 180 bucks.

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