Music

This page lists a few of my musical projects. Follow the links below or see the other tabs on the Music section above for more information.

Symmetry-Breaking

Début solo album released in 2011 via Runningonair Music. Read about the project here.

 

Contributions to the Disquiet Junto

The Disquiet Junto is a SoundCloud group for music-making based on working with a weekly set of creative constraints. All of these tracks are CC-licensed and are freely available to download and remix:

 

Harmonic Series

A set of pieces inspired by this video of a pendulum:

 

Tintinnabuli Mathematica

A project that explores Arvo Pärt’s method of composition through the use of computer programming. Read about the project here.

2 Responses to Music

  1. phermans says:

    this is an interesting body of works. do you employ generative processes in the composition of these pieces? what role does complexity play in your music?

    • Guy says:

      Hello phermans. Thanks. Yes, most of my music is based on some kind of generative process. My approach to generative composition is grounded in complex systems theory and information theory, and so my approach to generative composition is closely related to Philip Galanter’s definition of generative art (see this paper: http://philipgalanter.com/downloads/ga2003_what_is_genart.pdf ). My projects use a variety of generative systems. For example, the Tintinnabuli Mathematica series uses algorithmic integer sequences as the basis for composing melodies, and uses Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabuli method as the basis for generating harmonies. In answer to your second question, complexity plays the role of something to be understood through exploring ways of generating and manipulating it. So, many of my pieces are experiments in the sense that I’m using them to explore what makes musical complexity in terms of both objective and subjective properties. I also use complexity as a variable to structure elements within a piece, or to arrange pieces in a sequence. I see from your site that you’ve worked with Larry Polansky. The writings of Polansky and James Tenney have been useful in exploring this subject.

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